Ultra-precise rotation sensing with a superluminal ring laser

H. N. Yum, J. Yablon, K. Salit, Y. Wang, M. S. Shahriar, M. Salit

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We show that group velocity of light far exceeding the vacuum speed can be realized when a medium that produces a narrow band dip in the gain profile is placed inside a ring laser. The dip leads to an effective negative dispersion, which can be tuned to produce a very small group index. The rotational sensitivity of the ring laser is enhanced by a factor equaling the inverse of the group index. For a realistic system, the enhancement factor can be as high as 1.8*105. In order to realize such a device, the background gain can be produced by using, for example, an optically pumped Ti:Sapphire crystal, a semiconductor optical amplifier, or a diode pumped alkali laser. The narrow dip can be produced, for example, by a Rb cell configured for Raman depletion. Here, we present the theoretical model behind such a superluminal laser, and describe a preliminary experiment for realizing such a device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Sensors 2010 Conference, SENSORS 2010
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2010
Event9th IEEE Sensors Conference 2010, SENSORS 2010 - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Nov 1 2010Nov 4 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Sensors


Other9th IEEE Sensors Conference 2010, SENSORS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, HI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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