self-induced transparency

self-induced transparency

[¦self in¦düst tranz′par·ən·sē]
(optics)
A phenomenon in which a pulse of coherent light, with a certain frequency, amplitude, and duration, is transmitted by a normally opaque medium; energy absorbed from the first half of the pulse, whose frequency is at or near the average resonance peak of a band of coherent atomic two-quantum-level optical oscillators, is returned to the last half of the pulse by the medium in the form of coherently emitted light. Abbreviated SIT.
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