Distortion management in slow-light pulse delay

Michael D. Stenner, Mark A. Neifeld, Zhaoming Zhu, Andrew M.C. Dawes, Daniel J. Gauthier

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We describe a methodology to maximize slow-light pulse delay subject to a constraint on the allowable pulse distortion. We show that optimizing over a larger number of physical variables can increase the distortion-constrained delay. We demonstrate these concepts by comparing the optimum slow-light pulse delay achievable using a single Lorentzian gain line with that achievable using a pair of closely-spaced gain lines. We predict that distortion management using a gain doublet can provide approximately a factor of 2 increase in slow-light pulse delay as compared with the optimum single-line delay. Experimental results employing Brillouin gain in optical fiber confirm our theoretical predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9995-10002
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Issue number25
StatePublished - Dec 12 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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