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dc.contributor.authorNodurft, I.C.
dc.contributor.authorBrewster, R.A.
dc.contributor.authorPittman, T.B.
dc.contributor.authorFranson, J.D.
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-22T19:12:28Z
dc.date.available2019-03-22T19:12:28Z
dc.date.issued2019-03-05
dc.description.abstractWe consider a coherent state of light propagating through an ensemble of two-level atoms where all the atoms are initially in their ground state. In ordinary absorption, the transition of atoms to their excited state along with the absorption of a photon will remove energy from the beam and attenuate the signal. Here we show that post-selecting on those cases in which none of the atoms made a transition to the excited state can give even more attenuation than would normally occur due to absorption. The same process can also produce amplification when there is a sufficiently strong interaction between the photons and the atoms.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grant number PHY-1802472.en_US
dc.description.urihttps://arxiv.org/abs/1903.02041en_US
dc.format.extent7 pagesen_US
dc.genrejournal articles preprintsen_US
dc.identifierdoi:10.13016/m2ycfh-bnsa
dc.identifier.citationI.C. Nodurft, R.A. Brewster, T.B. Pittman, J.D. Franson , Optical attenuation without absorption, Quantum Physics, 2019, https://arxiv.org/abs/1903.02041en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11603/13134
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.subjecttwo-level atomsen_US
dc.subjectordinary absorptionen_US
dc.subjectphotonsen_US
dc.titleOptical attenuation without absorptionen_US
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