Picosecond superradiance in a three-photon resonant medium Academic Article uri icon


  • We investigate picosecond cooperative emission in an ensemble of rubidium atoms coherently excited by 100-fs laser pulses that are three-photon resonant to the 6P-5S transition. The emitted 420-nm light is recorded by a streak camera with 2-ps resolution. The resultant pulse shape shows ringing typical for superradiance in extended sample. The pulse shape is measured as a function of input power and is compared to the solutions of Maxwell-Bloch equations. The observed superradiance, which is in the low-excitation regime, is found to be closely related to optical precursor behavior. 2012 American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Ariunbold, G. O., Yang, W., Sokolov, A. V., Sautenkov, V. A., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Ariunbold, Gombojav O||Yang, Wenlong||Sokolov, Alexei V||Sautenkov, Vladimir A||Scully, Marlan O

publication date

  • February 2012