Electromagnetically induced transparency in rubidium vapor prepared by a comb of short optical pulses Academic Article uri icon


  • It was shown by Kocharovskaya and Khanin [Sov. Phys. JETP 63, 945 (1986)] that a comb of optical pulses can induce a ground-state atomic coherence and change the optical response of an atomic medium. In our experiment, we studied the propagation of a comb of optical pulses produced by a mode-locked diode laser in rubidium atomic vapor. Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) was observed when the pulse repetition rate is a subharmonic of the hyperfine splitting of the ground state. The width of the EIT resonance is determined by the relaxation rate of the ground-state coherence. Possible applications to magnetometery, atomic clocks, and frequency chains are discussed. 2005 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

author list (cited authors)

  • Sautenkov, V. A., Rostovtsev, Y. V., Ye, C. Y., Welch, G. R., Kocharovskaya, O., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 51

complete list of authors

  • Sautenkov, VA||Rostovtsev, YV||Ye, CY||Welch, GR||Kocharovskaya, O||Scully, MO

publication date

  • June 2005