Abstract

A new method is studied for reading data that have been optically stored within the inhomogeneous spectral width of a material. The memory element is illuminated by a broad-bandwidth laser pulse. The signal that results from this excitation is analyzed by cross correlation with the field of a reference pulse, which is nothing but a delayed replica of the read pulse. Theoretical and experimental aspects of this process are discussed.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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