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Phys Rev Lett. 2006 Feb 3;96(4):043602. Epub 2006 Feb 1.

Photon echoes produced by switching electric fields.

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  • 1Laser Physics Centre, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia.


We demonstrate photon echoes in Eu3+:Y2SiO5 by controlling the inhomogeneous broadening of the Eu3+ 7F0<-->5D0 optical transition. This transition has a linear Stark shift, and we induce inhomogeneous broadening by applying an external electric field gradient. After optical excitation, reversing the polarity of the field rephases the ensemble, resulting in a photon echo. This is the first demonstration of such a photon echo, and its application as a quantum memory is discussed.

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