Abstract

We have observed a dispersionlike absorption (or gain) spectrum at the D1 transition in a Rb vapor cell filled with a buffer gas, due to Zeeman coherence of the ground states in a double Λ configuration. Meanwhile, we have also observed superluminal pulse propagation. It is experimentally demonstrated that the front speed of a light pulse still equals the light speed c in vacuum, although the group velocity of the light pulse is (2.2±0.6)×104ms.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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