Abstract

An alternative to phase-matched angled beam spatial-spectral holographic grating geometries for separating stimulated photon echoes (SPEs) from the probing pulse is proposed and demonstrated. By use of a Mach–Zehnder geometry with inhomogeneously broadened medium in both paths, the SPE can be interferometrically isolated from the generating probe pulse. This interferometric-based technique is well suited to waveguide geometries, which have benefits for future quantum and classical optical signal processing applications such as quantum memories, correlation, and efficient cryogenic microwave-to-optical conversion. Experimental demonstrations showing interferometric-based isolation in Tm3+-doped LiNbO3 at 3.2 K are performed and analyzed.

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