Freezing light: Ultraslow EIT polariton in a three-level medium Conference Paper uri icon


  • A large temporal dispersion accompanying electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) leads to drastic slowing down of the group velocity of light, vg = c/(ωdn(ω)/dωVLSTc. It is shown that using spatial dispersion, which is due to an atomic motion, it is possible to freeze the light or even reverse the direction of its propagation. Two different types of atomic motion are considered: uniformly moving atoms and atomic gas with a thermal distribution of the velocities in the cell which is at rest.

published proceedings

  • IQEC, International Quantum Electronics Conference Proceedings

author list (cited authors)

  • Kocharovskaya, O., Rostovtsev, Y., & Scully, M. O

complete list of authors

  • Kocharovskaya, O||Rostovtsev, Y||Scully, MO

publication date

  • January 1, 2000 11:11 AM