Optics and Spectroscopy

, Volume 104, Issue 1, pp 95–98 | Cite as

Slow light and slow current

Nonlinear and Quantum Optics


It is shown that the effect of hole-burning under conditions of coherent population oscillations as well as the light pulse delay in a saturable absorber (a modification of the so-called slow light effect) can be interpreted, in a comprehensive way, in terms of the intensity spectrum of the light and intensity-related susceptibility of the medium. The physical content of these effects is illustrated by a simple electric circuit with a non-linear resistor which realizes a full analog of the saturable absorber. In this case the effect of hole-burning in the absorption spectrum of the medium is converted into the effect of hole-burning in the frequency dependence of resistance of the resistor and the effect of slow light into the effect of slow current.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsSt. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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