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Signal advance and delay due to an optical phase-sensitive amplifier

TitleSignal advance and delay due to an optical phase-sensitive amplifier
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsN. R. Brewer, T. Li, K. M. Jones, and P. D. Lett
JournalOpt. Express
Volume28
Pagination14573–14579
Date Publishedmay
ISSN1094-4087
Abstract

Fast and slow light media exploit a steep frequency dependence in their index of refraction in order to advance or delay a modulated signal. Here we observe a qualitatively similar advance and delay from an optical phase-sensitive amplifier (PSA). Unlike in the case of slow and fast light, this effect is due to a redistribution of power between imbalanced signal sidebands, and the advance or delay is dependent on the optical phase of the input. The PSA adds energy and also changes the frequency spectrum of the input. We show that the advances and delays observed in a PSA implemented using four-wave mixing in a warm rubidium vapor are consistent with the expected behavior of an ideal PSA.

DOI10.1364/OE.392789