Abstract

The coherent propagation phenomenon of incoherent light through a resonant medium was experimentally demonstrated in the subpicosecond time region, using Na atoms and the light from an imperfectly mode-locked cw dye laser. The coherence spike with a 0.35-psec width in the cross-correlation profile between the propagated incoherent light and the initial light develops the same specific oscillatory structure as seen in the propagation of a weak coherent subpicosecond pulse. A theoretical analysis was also performed, and the experimental results are in considerably good agreement with the calculated ones.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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