Abstract

We report the first observation of a unidirectionally emitting medium obtained by the method of Doppler compensation by velocity-dependent light shifts. The emission can be switched on by a pulse of laser light. The properties of this light-switching technique are experimentally demonstrated.

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  1. J. P. Barrat, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, J. Phys. Radium 22, 39 (1961).
  2. W. Happer, Progress in Quantum Electronics (Pergamon, New York, 1971), Vol. 1;P. E. Toschek, in Frontiers in Laser Spectroscopy, R. Balian, S. Haroche, S. Liber-man, eds. (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1977).
  3. C. Cohen-Tannoudji, F. Hoffbeck, S. Reynaud, Opt. Commun. 27, 71 (1978).
    [CrossRef]
  4. S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, H. H. Stroke, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 756 (1979);S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, C. Cohen- Tannoudji in Laser Spectroscopy IV, H. Walther, K. W. Rothe, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1979), p. 96.
    [CrossRef]
  5. G. Petite, B. C. Johnson, W. K. H. Lange, M. M. Salour, Phys. Rev. Lett. 45, 1242 (1980).
    [CrossRef]
  6. R. Biraben, B. Cagnac, G. Grynberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 32, 643 (1976);M. M. Salour, Opt. Commun. 18, 377 (1976).
    [CrossRef]
  7. M. G. Littman, Opt. Lett. 3, 138 (1978).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]

1980

G. Petite, B. C. Johnson, W. K. H. Lange, M. M. Salour, Phys. Rev. Lett. 45, 1242 (1980).
[CrossRef]

1979

S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, H. H. Stroke, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 756 (1979);S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, C. Cohen- Tannoudji in Laser Spectroscopy IV, H. Walther, K. W. Rothe, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1979), p. 96.
[CrossRef]

1978

M. G. Littman, Opt. Lett. 3, 138 (1978).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. Cohen-Tannoudji, F. Hoffbeck, S. Reynaud, Opt. Commun. 27, 71 (1978).
[CrossRef]

1976

R. Biraben, B. Cagnac, G. Grynberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 32, 643 (1976);M. M. Salour, Opt. Commun. 18, 377 (1976).
[CrossRef]

1961

J. P. Barrat, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, J. Phys. Radium 22, 39 (1961).

Barrat, J. P.

J. P. Barrat, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, J. Phys. Radium 22, 39 (1961).

Biraben, R.

R. Biraben, B. Cagnac, G. Grynberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 32, 643 (1976);M. M. Salour, Opt. Commun. 18, 377 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Cagnac, B.

R. Biraben, B. Cagnac, G. Grynberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 32, 643 (1976);M. M. Salour, Opt. Commun. 18, 377 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Cohen-Tannoudji, C.

S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, H. H. Stroke, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 756 (1979);S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, C. Cohen- Tannoudji in Laser Spectroscopy IV, H. Walther, K. W. Rothe, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1979), p. 96.
[CrossRef]

C. Cohen-Tannoudji, F. Hoffbeck, S. Reynaud, Opt. Commun. 27, 71 (1978).
[CrossRef]

J. P. Barrat, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, J. Phys. Radium 22, 39 (1961).

Dupont-Roc, J.

S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, H. H. Stroke, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 756 (1979);S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, C. Cohen- Tannoudji in Laser Spectroscopy IV, H. Walther, K. W. Rothe, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1979), p. 96.
[CrossRef]

Grynberg, G.

R. Biraben, B. Cagnac, G. Grynberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 32, 643 (1976);M. M. Salour, Opt. Commun. 18, 377 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Happer, W.

W. Happer, Progress in Quantum Electronics (Pergamon, New York, 1971), Vol. 1;P. E. Toschek, in Frontiers in Laser Spectroscopy, R. Balian, S. Haroche, S. Liber-man, eds. (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1977).

Himbert, M.

S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, H. H. Stroke, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 756 (1979);S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, C. Cohen- Tannoudji in Laser Spectroscopy IV, H. Walther, K. W. Rothe, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1979), p. 96.
[CrossRef]

Hoffbeck, F.

C. Cohen-Tannoudji, F. Hoffbeck, S. Reynaud, Opt. Commun. 27, 71 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Johnson, B. C.

G. Petite, B. C. Johnson, W. K. H. Lange, M. M. Salour, Phys. Rev. Lett. 45, 1242 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Lange, W. K. H.

G. Petite, B. C. Johnson, W. K. H. Lange, M. M. Salour, Phys. Rev. Lett. 45, 1242 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Littman, M. G.

Petite, G.

G. Petite, B. C. Johnson, W. K. H. Lange, M. M. Salour, Phys. Rev. Lett. 45, 1242 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Reynaud, S.

S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, H. H. Stroke, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 756 (1979);S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, C. Cohen- Tannoudji in Laser Spectroscopy IV, H. Walther, K. W. Rothe, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1979), p. 96.
[CrossRef]

C. Cohen-Tannoudji, F. Hoffbeck, S. Reynaud, Opt. Commun. 27, 71 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Salour, M. M.

G. Petite, B. C. Johnson, W. K. H. Lange, M. M. Salour, Phys. Rev. Lett. 45, 1242 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Stroke, H. H.

S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, H. H. Stroke, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 756 (1979);S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, C. Cohen- Tannoudji in Laser Spectroscopy IV, H. Walther, K. W. Rothe, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1979), p. 96.
[CrossRef]

J. Phys. Radium

J. P. Barrat, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, J. Phys. Radium 22, 39 (1961).

Opt. Commun.

C. Cohen-Tannoudji, F. Hoffbeck, S. Reynaud, Opt. Commun. 27, 71 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Phys. Rev. Lett.

S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, H. H. Stroke, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 756 (1979);S. Reynaud, M. Himbert, J. Dupont-Roc, C. Cohen- Tannoudji in Laser Spectroscopy IV, H. Walther, K. W. Rothe, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1979), p. 96.
[CrossRef]

G. Petite, B. C. Johnson, W. K. H. Lange, M. M. Salour, Phys. Rev. Lett. 45, 1242 (1980).
[CrossRef]

R. Biraben, B. Cagnac, G. Grynberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 32, 643 (1976);M. M. Salour, Opt. Commun. 18, 377 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Other

W. Happer, Progress in Quantum Electronics (Pergamon, New York, 1971), Vol. 1;P. E. Toschek, in Frontiers in Laser Spectroscopy, R. Balian, S. Haroche, S. Liber-man, eds. (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1977).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Principle of Doppler compensation by velocity-dependent light shifts. Double arrow indicates the compensating laser light. Wavy arrow indicates the superfluorescent emission.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental setup.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Histograms of the forward-propagating superfluorescent signal. N(ISF) is the number of shots giving rise to a signal of intensity ISF. The results are a statistical average over 300 laser shots, (a) Without compensating pulse, the distribution peaks at a zero signal, (b) With compensating pulse, the distribution peaks at a signal different from zero.

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