Abstract

We have studied the temporal profile of photon-echo signals generated by combined gated cw and pulsed dye-laser excitation of the inhomogeneously broadened, 555.6-nm absorption line of 174Yb vapor. We find that the echo profile is, after time reversal, essentially identical with that of the first excitation pulse. We give a new analysis of this effect. Since time-reversed pulse reproduction should also occur in inhomogeneously broadened solid samples, and since we observe time-reversed reproduced pulses up to 4% as intense as the input pulse, this effect may have important applications in optical signal-processing systems.

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  1. See, for example, A. L. Bloom, Phys. Rev. 98, 1105 (1955); W. B. Mims, Phys. Rev. 141, 499 (1966); N. Takeuchi, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 230 (1975); R. Forber, Ph. D. Thesis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., 1983, unpublished).
    [CrossRef]
  2. S. O. Elyutin, S. M. Zakharov, E. A. Manykin, Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 76, 835 (1979) [Sov. Phys. JETP 49, 421 (1979)].
  3. V. A. Zuikov, V. V. Samartsev, R.G. Usmanov, Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 32, 293 (1980) [JETP Lett. 32, 270 (1980)].
  4. T. W. Mossberg, Opt. Lett. 7, 77 (1982).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. J. H. Eberly, Laser Spectroscopy IV, H. Walther, K. W. Rothe, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1979).
  6. T. W. Mossberg, R. Kachru, S. R. Hartmann, A. M. Flusberg, Phys. Rev. A 20, 1976 (1979).
    [CrossRef]

1982 (1)

1980 (1)

V. A. Zuikov, V. V. Samartsev, R.G. Usmanov, Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 32, 293 (1980) [JETP Lett. 32, 270 (1980)].

1979 (2)

T. W. Mossberg, R. Kachru, S. R. Hartmann, A. M. Flusberg, Phys. Rev. A 20, 1976 (1979).
[CrossRef]

S. O. Elyutin, S. M. Zakharov, E. A. Manykin, Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 76, 835 (1979) [Sov. Phys. JETP 49, 421 (1979)].

1955 (1)

See, for example, A. L. Bloom, Phys. Rev. 98, 1105 (1955); W. B. Mims, Phys. Rev. 141, 499 (1966); N. Takeuchi, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 230 (1975); R. Forber, Ph. D. Thesis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., 1983, unpublished).
[CrossRef]

Bloom, A. L.

See, for example, A. L. Bloom, Phys. Rev. 98, 1105 (1955); W. B. Mims, Phys. Rev. 141, 499 (1966); N. Takeuchi, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 230 (1975); R. Forber, Ph. D. Thesis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., 1983, unpublished).
[CrossRef]

Eberly, J. H.

J. H. Eberly, Laser Spectroscopy IV, H. Walther, K. W. Rothe, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1979).

Elyutin, S. O.

S. O. Elyutin, S. M. Zakharov, E. A. Manykin, Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 76, 835 (1979) [Sov. Phys. JETP 49, 421 (1979)].

Flusberg, A. M.

T. W. Mossberg, R. Kachru, S. R. Hartmann, A. M. Flusberg, Phys. Rev. A 20, 1976 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Hartmann, S. R.

T. W. Mossberg, R. Kachru, S. R. Hartmann, A. M. Flusberg, Phys. Rev. A 20, 1976 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Kachru, R.

T. W. Mossberg, R. Kachru, S. R. Hartmann, A. M. Flusberg, Phys. Rev. A 20, 1976 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Manykin, E. A.

S. O. Elyutin, S. M. Zakharov, E. A. Manykin, Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 76, 835 (1979) [Sov. Phys. JETP 49, 421 (1979)].

Mossberg, T. W.

T. W. Mossberg, Opt. Lett. 7, 77 (1982).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. W. Mossberg, R. Kachru, S. R. Hartmann, A. M. Flusberg, Phys. Rev. A 20, 1976 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Samartsev, V. V.

V. A. Zuikov, V. V. Samartsev, R.G. Usmanov, Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 32, 293 (1980) [JETP Lett. 32, 270 (1980)].

Usmanov, R.G.

V. A. Zuikov, V. V. Samartsev, R.G. Usmanov, Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 32, 293 (1980) [JETP Lett. 32, 270 (1980)].

Zakharov, S. M.

S. O. Elyutin, S. M. Zakharov, E. A. Manykin, Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 76, 835 (1979) [Sov. Phys. JETP 49, 421 (1979)].

Zuikov, V. A.

V. A. Zuikov, V. V. Samartsev, R.G. Usmanov, Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 32, 293 (1980) [JETP Lett. 32, 270 (1980)].

Opt. Lett. (1)

Phys. Rev. (1)

See, for example, A. L. Bloom, Phys. Rev. 98, 1105 (1955); W. B. Mims, Phys. Rev. 141, 499 (1966); N. Takeuchi, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-11, 230 (1975); R. Forber, Ph. D. Thesis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., 1983, unpublished).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. A (1)

T. W. Mossberg, R. Kachru, S. R. Hartmann, A. M. Flusberg, Phys. Rev. A 20, 1976 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. (1)

V. A. Zuikov, V. V. Samartsev, R.G. Usmanov, Pis’ma Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 32, 293 (1980) [JETP Lett. 32, 270 (1980)].

Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. (1)

S. O. Elyutin, S. M. Zakharov, E. A. Manykin, Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 76, 835 (1979) [Sov. Phys. JETP 49, 421 (1979)].

Other (1)

J. H. Eberly, Laser Spectroscopy IV, H. Walther, K. W. Rothe, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1979).

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of experimental apparatus: CW DL, single-mode cw dye laser; PDL, excimer-laser-pumped dye laser, AO, acousto-optic modulator; GP, Glan-prism polarizer; PC, Pockels cell.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a)–(d) Temporal profile of the first excitation pulse. (e)–(h) Temporal shape of corresponding two-excitation-pulse photon echoes. All traces represent single-event photomultiplier signals except (a) and (c), which represent multiple-event photodiode signals.

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E p ( t , r ) = p ( t η p ) cos [ ω p ( t η p ) ] ( p = 1 , 2 ) ,
η p = ( k p · r c ) + t p .
E p ( ω ) = E p ( t η p ) e i ω t d t
p ( t , r ) = ( 2 π τ p ) E p * ( ω a ) e i ω a t + c . c . ,
θ p = 4 π d | E p * ( ω a ) | ,
P ( ω a ) E 1 ( ω a ) E 2 * 2 ( ω a ) | E 1 * ( ω a ) | | E 2 * ( ω a ) | 2 × sin θ 1 sin 2 ( θ 2 / 2 ) e i ω a t + c . c .
E echo 0 P ( ω a ) g ( ω a ) d ω a ,
E echo E 1 * ( ω a ) E 2 ( ω a ) | E 1 ( ω a ) | | E 2 ( ω a ) | 2 × sin θ 1 sin 2 ( θ 2 / 2 ) e i ω a t g ( ω a ) d ω a ,
E echo E 1 [ t + ( 2 η 2 η 1 ) ] ,

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