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Experimental demonstration of phase control of dispersion effect for an ultrashort pulse train propagating in a resonant medium

We present an experiment in which an ultrashort pulse train propagates resonantly through an optically dense vapor of atomic rubidium. The sequence obtained from a Fabry Perot interferometer comprises nearly 10 regularly time-delayed and mode-locked pulses. We show that a sequence with phase shift f =02 p between two successive pulses propagates with important temporal distortion, whereas a sequence with f = p 2 p experiences few propagation effects, thus leading for the first time to our knowledge to the possibility of phase control of dispersion effects for an ultrashort pulse train.

Voir en ligne : Opt. Lett. 28, 1272-74 (2003)