| Zhaoming Zhu, Daniel Gauthier, and Robert Boyd (from
Photo of Daniel Gauthier by Jimmy Dorff.
We are interested in understanding nonlinear interactions between
matter. By exploiting such interactions, we demonstrated a method for
storing the information encoded on a beam of light in the form of an
acoustic wave and then converting the information back to the optical
domain after a controllable storage time. The method uses a
standard optical fiber at room temperature and hence is potentially
compatible with existing telecommunication infrastructure. Our
current research goal is to use other materials (in a fiber format)
that will allow for longer storage time and reduce the peak power of
the laser beam needed for storing and reading out the information.
Stored Light! Our paper on storing light in an optical fiber appeared in the December 14, 2007 issue of Science Magazine. See the links to the right to read more! `Stored light in an optical fiber via Stimulated Brillouin Scattering,' Science 318, 1748 (2007).