Observation of Zero-Degree Pulse Propagation in a Resonant Medium

  • H. P. Grieneisen
  • J. Goldhar
  • N. A. Kurnit
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Experiments have recently been described[1] in which zero-degree optical pulses[2–5] have been generated and propagated through a resonantly absorbing medium with reduced absorption loss. We briefly review this experiment here and discuss the conditions for low loss propagation. We also describe some initial studies of the evolution of the pulse envelope and discuss the physics underlying this process.


Pulse Shape Input Pulse Absorption Length Pulse Envelope Bloch Vector 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. P. Grieneisen
    • 1
  • J. Goldhar
    • 1
  • N. A. Kurnit
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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