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The Story Behind "Stopped Light"

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Opaque media can be made transparent by use of quantum mechanical interference, enabling fascinating phenomena with potential applications in both classical and quantum information processing. In particular, recent laboratory demonstrations have shown that light pulses can be slowed down and effectively brought to a standstill in coherently prepared atomic ensembles, thereby reversibly transferring information between light and matter with potentially high efficiency.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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