Electromagnetically induced transparency and light storage in an atomic Mott insulator

U. Schnorrberger, J. D. Thompson, S. Trotzky, R. Pugatch, N. Davidson, S. Kuhr, I. Bloch

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We experimentally demonstrate electromagnetically induced transparency and light storage with ultracold Rb87 atoms in a Mott insulating state in a three-dimensional optical lattice. We have observed light storage times of 240ms, to our knowledge the longest ever achieved in ultracold atomic samples. Using the differential light shift caused by a spatially inhomogeneous far detuned light field we imprint a "phase gradient" across the atomic sample, resulting in controlled angular redirection of the retrieved light pulse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number033003
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 6 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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