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# Publication Citation: Gain-Asisted Large and Rapidly-Responding Kerr Effect Using a Room-Temperature Active Raman Gain Medium

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Author(s): Lu Deng; M Payne; Gain-Asisted Large and Rapidly-Responding Kerr Effect Using a Room-Temperature Active Raman Gain Medium June 22, 2007 A four-level $N$-scheme with a two-mode active-Raman-gain-core is investigated for large and rapidly-responding Kerr effect enhancement at room-temperature. The new scheme is fundamentally different from electromagnetically-induced-transparency (EIT)-based ultra-slow-wave Kerr effect enhancement scheme. It eliminates the requirement of group velocity matching and multi-specie medium. It also eliminates significant probe field attenuation or distortion associated with weakly-driven EIT-based schemes. We show that a probe field can acquire a large, frequency tunable, gain-assisted nonlinear phase shift and yet travel with gain-assisted {\em superluminal} propagation velocity. This raises the possibility of rapidly-responding, frequency tunable nonlinear phase switching and phase gates for information science. Physical Review Letters 98 nonlinear optics,superluminal nonlinear phase gate http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.253902  (Note: May link to a non-U.S. Government webpage) Click here to retrieve PDF version of paper (174KB)