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Title: Optical precursors with electromagnetically induced transparency in cold atoms
Authors: Wei, Dong
Chen, Jiefei
Loy, Michael M.
Wong, George K. L.
Du, Shengwang
Keywords: Optical precursors
Cold atoms
Electromagnetically induced transparency
Issue Date: 28-Aug-2009
Citation: Physical review letters, v. 103, iss. 9, 093602, 28 August 2009
Abstract: We report the observation of Sommerfeld-Brillouin optical precursors generated from a long square-modulated laser pulse propagating through a cold atomic ensemble with electromagnetically induced transparency. The optical depth (α0L) of the medium can be varied from 0 up to 50. We demonstrated that the step-on rising and step-off falling edges propagate with the speed of light in vacuum without a slow light effect. At high α0L, the precursor is separated from the delayed main pulse at the rising edge, while at the falling edge, we observe damped oscillatory structures resulting from the interference between the precursor and main field.
Rights: Physical Review Letters © copyright (2009) American Physical Society. The Journal's web site is located at
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