Rapidly reconfigurable optically induced photonic crystals in hot rubidium vapor

Bethany Little, David J. Starling, John C. Howell, Raphael D. Cohen, David Shwa, Nadav Katz

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Through periodic index modulation, we create two different types of photonic structures in a heated rubidium vapor for controlled reflection, transmission, and diffraction of light. The modulation is achieved through the use of the ac Stark effect resulting from a standing-wave control field. The periodic intensity structures create translationally invariant index profiles analogous to photonic crystals in spectral regions of steep dispersion. Experimental results are consistent with modeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043815
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 15 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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