Abstract

We investigated the propagation of a squeezed optical field, generated via the polarization self-rotation effect, with a sinusoidally modulated degree of squeezing through an atomic medium with anomalous dispersion. We observed the advancement of the signal propagating through a resonant Rb vapor compared to the reference signal, propagating in air. The measured advancement time grew linearly with atomic density, reaching a maximum of 11±1μs, which corresponded to a negative group velocity of vg7,000m/s. We also confirmed that the increasing advancement was accompanied by a reduction of output squeezing levels due to optical losses, in good agreement with theoretical predictions.

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