Observation of ultraslow and stored light pulses in a solid

A. V. Turukhin*, V. S. Sudarshanam, M. S. Shahriar, J. A. Musser, B. S. Ham, P. R. Hemmer

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The ultraslow light propagation, and stopped or trapped light storage in optically dense crystals of Pr doped Y2SiO5 were reported. Light speeds as low as 45m/s were observed in the solid, corresponding to a group delay of 66οsecond. Reduction in group velocity was accomplished using a sharp spectral feature produced by resonant Raman excitation of a ground state spin coherence. The observations have applications in low-intensity nonlinear optics, quantum information processing and quantum information storage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number023602
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 14 2002

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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