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Low light level switching
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Paper Abstract

Using coherence enhanced nonlinear optics we observe absorptive switching in hot Rubidium atoms. Electromagnetically induced transparency helps create a larger absorptive Kerr nonlinearity enabling strong absorptive switching with laser intensities of 10 microwatts per square centimeter. Switching is interpreted in terms of optical pumping into and out of the "dark" state.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5735, Advanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing II, (4 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.601716
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Michael V. Pack, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Ryan M. Camacho, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
John C. Howell, Univ. of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5735:
Advanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing II
Hans J. Coufal; Zameer U. Hasan; Alan E. Craig, Editor(s)

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