Slow light in saturable absorbers

Bruno Macke, Bernard Ségard
2008 Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics  
In connection with the experiments recently achieved on doped crystals, biological samples, doped optical fibers and semiconductor heterostructures, we revisit the theory of the propagation of a pulse-modulated light in a saturable absorber. Explicit analytical expressions of the transmitted pulse are obtained, enabling us to determine the parameters optimizing the time-delay of the transmitted pulse with respect to the incident pulse. We finally compare the maximum fractional delay or figure
more » ... l delay or figure of merit so attainable to those which have been actually demonstrated in the experiments.
doi:10.1103/physreva.78.013817 fatcat:vkl5bfs4pzgnlkizx7nl2zp4t4