Observation of ultraslow light propagation in a ruby crystal at room temperature.

@article{Bigelow2003ObservationOU,
  title={Observation of ultraslow light propagation in a ruby crystal at room temperature.},
  author={Matthew S Bigelow and Nick N. Lepeshkin and Robert W. Boyd},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2003},
  volume={90 11},
  pages={113903}
}
We have observed slow light propagation with a group velocity as low as 57.5+/-0.5 m/s at room temperature in a ruby crystal. A quantum coherence effect, coherent population oscillations, produces a very narrow spectral "hole" in the homogeneously broadened absorption profile of ruby. The resulting rapid spectral variation of the refractive index leads to a large value of the group index. We observe slow light propagation both for Gaussian-shaped light pulses and for amplitude modulated optical… CONTINUE READING
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