Demonstration of the interaction between two stopped light pulses

Yi Hsin Chen, Meng Jung Lee, Weilun Hung, Ying Cheng Chen, Yong Fan Chen, Ite A. Yu

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This study reports the first experimental demonstration that two light pulses were made motionless and interacted with each other through a medium. The scheme with motionless light pulses maximizes the interaction time and can achieve a considerable efficiency even below single-photon level. To demonstrate the enhancement of optical nonlinear efficiency, the experiment in this study used the process of one optical pulse switched by another based on the effect of electromagnetically induced transparency. Moving light pulses activate switching at an energy per area of 2 photons per atomic absorption cross section as discussed in. This study demonstrates that motionless light pulses can activate switching at 0.56 photons per atomic absorption cross section, and that the light level can be further reduced by increasing the optical density of the medium. The result of this work enters a new regime of low-light physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number173603
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr 23

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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