Optimal pulse design for communication-oriented slow-light pulse detection

Michael D. Stenner, Mark A. Neifeld

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We present techniques for designing pulses for linear slow-light delay systems which are optimal in the sense that they maximize the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and signal-to-noise-plus-interference ratio (SNIR) of the detected pulse energy. Given a communication model in which input pulses are created in a finite temporal window and output pulse energy in measured in a temporally-offset output window, the SNIR-optimal pulses achieve typical improvements of 10 dB compared to traditional pulse shapes for a given output window offset. Alternatively, for fixed SNR or SNIR, window offset (detection delay) can be increased by 0.3 times the window width. This approach also invites a communication-based model for delay and signal fidelity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-662
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Express
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 21 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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