Storing images in warm atomic vapor

M. Shuker, O. Firstenberg, R. Pugatch, A. Ron, N. Davidson

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Reversible and coherent storage of light in an atomic medium is a promising method with possible applications in many fields. In this work, arbitrary two-dimensional images are slowed and stored in warm atomic vapor for up to 30μs, utilizing electromagnetically induced transparency. Both the intensity and the phase patterns of the optical field are maintained. The main limitation on the storage resolution and duration is found to be the diffusion of atoms. A technique analogous to phase-shift lithography is employed to diminish the effect of diffusion on the visibility of the reconstructed image.

Original languageEnglish
Article number223601
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - 5 Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (all)


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