Date: June 23, 2010
Creator: Sautenkov, Vladimir A.; Li, Hebin; Rostovtsev, Yuri V. & Scully, Marlan O.
Description: In this article, the authors have experimentally demonstrated an ultra-dispersive optical prism made from a coherently driven Rb atomic vapor. The prism possesses spectral angular dispersion that is 6 orders of magnitude higher than that of a prism made of optical glass; such angular dispersion allows one to spatially resolve light beams with different frequencies separated by a few kilohertz. The prism operates near the resonant frequency of atomic vapor and its dispersion is optically controlled by a coherent driving field.
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