J. Phys. IV France
Volume 119, November 2004
Page(s) 13 - 18

J. Phys. IV France 119 (2004) 13-18

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2004119003

Propagation of ultra-short pulses in resonant atomic systems : Observation and control

M.A. Bouchene, J.C. Delagnes, M. Jacquey, S. Bonhommeau, P. Zahariev, A. Monmayrant, B. Chatel and B. Girard

Laboratoire de Collisions Agrégats Réactivité, C.N.R.S. UMR 5589, IRSAMC, Université Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex 4, France

We discuss the possibility to control through two different experiments, the propagation effects that occur when an optically dense atomic medium is excited by ultra-short laser pulses. In the first experiment a direct compensation of the dispersion for one single pulse is obtained with a pulse-shaper device. In the second experiment, ce of ultra-short laser pulses is used. The dispersion effects are shown to depend crucially on the relative phase between the pulses.

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