Abstract

We demonstrate experimentally that the spectral sensitivity of an interferometer can be greatly enhanced by introducing a slow-light medium into it. The experimental results agree very well with theoretical predictions that the enhancement factor of the spectral sensitivity is equal to the group index ng of the slow-light medium.

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[CrossRef]

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Behroozi, C. H.

L. V. Hau, S. E. Harris, Z. Dutton, and C. H. Behroozi, Nature 397, 594 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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M. S. Bigelow, N. N. Lepeshkin, and R. W. Boyd, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 113903 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Boyd, R. W.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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Cardoso, G.

M. S. Shahriar, G. Pati, V. Gopal, R. Tripathi, G. Cardoso, P. Prabhakar, M. Messall, and R. Nair, in Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS) 2005 (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper JWB97.

Chang, Y.

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Fan, S.

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[CrossRef]

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M. S. Shahriar, G. Pati, V. Gopal, R. Tripathi, G. Cardoso, P. Prabhakar, M. Messall, and R. Nair, in Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS) 2005 (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper JWB97.

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Ippen, E.

Jacobsen, R.

Jensen, B.

Joannopoulos, J. D.

Johnson, S. G.

Lavrinenko, A.

Lay, O. P.

Lepeshkin, N. N.

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Messall, M.

M. S. Shahriar, G. Pati, V. Gopal, R. Tripathi, G. Cardoso, P. Prabhakar, M. Messall, and R. Nair, in Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS) 2005 (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper JWB97.

Mo, X.-F.

Moulin, G.

Nair, R.

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Pati, G.

M. S. Shahriar, G. Pati, V. Gopal, R. Tripathi, G. Cardoso, P. Prabhakar, M. Messall, and R. Nair, in Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS) 2005 (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper JWB97.

Peters, R. D.

Peucheret, C.

Prabhakar, P.

M. S. Shahriar, G. Pati, V. Gopal, R. Tripathi, G. Cardoso, P. Prabhakar, M. Messall, and R. Nair, in Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS) 2005 (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper JWB97.

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Steier, W. H.

Taylor, H. F.

Torabi, A.

Tripathi, R.

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Nature (1)

L. V. Hau, S. E. Harris, Z. Dutton, and C. H. Behroozi, Nature 397, 594 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (4)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

M. S. Bigelow, N. N. Lepeshkin, and R. W. Boyd, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 113903 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (3)

M. S. Shahriar, G. Pati, V. Gopal, R. Tripathi, G. Cardoso, P. Prabhakar, M. Messall, and R. Nair, in Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS) 2005 (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper JWB97.

For example: C. Roychoudhuri, in Optical Shop Testing2nd ed., D.Malacara, ed. (Wiley, 1992), p. 213.

R. W. Boyd and D. J. Gauthier, in Progress in Optics, E.Wolf, ed. (Elsevier, 2002), Vol. 43, pp. 497-530.
[CrossRef]

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of a Mach–Zehnder interferometer containing a slow-light medium in one arm.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Schematic diagram of a wedged shear interferometer containing a slow-light medium.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Relative rate of fringe movement as a function of wavelength. The squares are experimental data with standard deviation bars, the solid line is the theoretical prediction, and the dashed line is the prediction if dispersion is neglected.

Equations (8)

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Δ ϕ = ω c n L ,
T = 1 2 ( 1 + cos Δ ϕ ) .
d Δ ϕ d ω = d d ω ( ω n L c ) = L c ( n + ω d n d ω ) = L n g c ,
T ( y ) T 2 T L ( 1 R T L ) 2 1 1 + F sin 2 Δ ϕ ( y ) ,
y m = ( m π ψ 0 ) c n θ ω L 0 θ .
d y m d ω = ( m π ψ 0 ) c θ n 2 ω 2 ( n + ω d n d ω ) m ¯ π c n g θ n 2 ω 2 ,
1 Λ d y m d ω m ¯ n g n ω = L 0 n g π c ,
1 Λ d y m d λ m ¯ n g n λ = 2 L 0 n g λ 2 .

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