Stephen E. Harris

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Stephen E. Harris (born November 29, 1936, Brooklyn, New York) is an American physicist known for his contributions to electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT),[1][2] modulation of single photons, and x-ray emission. In a diverse career, he has collaborated with others to produce results in many areas, including the 1999 paper titled “Light speed reduction to 17 metres per second in an ultracold gas,” [3] in which Lene Hau and Harris, Cyrus Behroozi and Zachary Dutton describe how they used EIT to slow optical pulses to the speed of a bicycle. He has also contributed to developments in the use of the laser, generating paired photons with single driving lasers [4] He has also shown the development of such pairs of photons using waveforms [5] His more recent work has sought to address restraints imposed on the types of waveforms that can be produced by the single-cycle barrier [6] Harris and colleagues succeeded in this endeavour in 2005 during a series of experiments aimed at obtaining full control of waveforms, noting "we were able to vary the shape of the pulse to generate different prescribed waveforms." [7] It is hoped that these results will lead to coherent control of chemical reactions, as a probe for ever-shorter physical processes, and for highly efficient generation of far infra-red and vacuum ultra-violet radiation.

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