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Optics and Spectroscopy

, Volume 121, Issue 5, pp 758–764 | Cite as

Formation and erasure of population difference gratings in the coherent interaction of a resonant medium with extremely short optical pulses

  • R. M. ArkhipovEmail author
  • M. V. Arkhipov
  • I. Babushkin
  • N. N. Rosanov
Nonlinear and Quantum Optics

Abstract

In the regime of coherent interaction of short optical pulses with a resonant medium, which is implemented with a pulse duration shorter than the relaxation times in the medium, the formation of population gratings can occur without overlapping the pulses therein. In this case, there are new possibilities for controlling optical pulses, which are especially pronounced for extremely short pulses. It is shown that, with the proper choice of the parameters of a sequence of extremely short optical pulses, not only the formation of population gratings, but also their erasure are possible. It is demonstrated that this effect can be used for the creation of an ultrahigh-speed optical deflector.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. M. Arkhipov
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. V. Arkhipov
    • 1
  • I. Babushkin
    • 2
    • 3
  • N. N. Rosanov
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.St. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Quantum OpticsLeibniz University HannoverHannoverGermany
  3. 3.Max Born InstituteBerlinGermany
  4. 4.St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics, and OpticsSt. PetersburgRussia
  5. 5.Vavilov State Optical InstituteSt. PetersburgRussia

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