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Degenerate two- and three-level systems in presence of longitudinal and transverse magnetic fields
Author(s): A. D. Wilson-Gordon; L. Margalit; M. Rosenbluh
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Paper Abstract

We discuss the effect of static and time-dependent longitudinal and transverse magnetic fields on degenerate two-level and three-level systems in Rb atomic vapor. The effect of a transverse magnetic field (TMF) on the absorption spectra of degenerate two-level systems in the D2 line of 87Rb is investigated both analytically and numerically. We compare the effect of the TMF on the absorption of a σ polarized pump in the Hanle configuration with that of a σ probe in the presence of a σ+ pump in the pump-probe configuration, and show that the absorption spectra in both configurations is split in the presence of a TMF and that the splitting is proportional to the magnitude of the TMF. Coherent population trapping (CPT) transients induced by a modulated longitudinal magnetic field (LMF) are investigated theoretically for a realistic three-level Λ system in the D1 line of 87Rb. The contributions to the transient probe absorption from the various subsystems that comprise the realistic atomic system are examined and the absorption of each Λ subsystem is compared to that of a simple Λ system. We also present theoretical results for CPT transients induced by a modulated TMF. The application of a TMF leads to the appearance of new Λ subsystems, the creation of new dark states and the rearrangement of the population among the Zeeman sublevels. We show that transients appear as the system is switched between various steady-state situations and we identify the various components of the total probe absorption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 January 2015
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9447, 18th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, 944702 (8 January 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178635
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A. D. Wilson-Gordon, Bar-Ilan Univ. (Israel)
L. Margalit, Bar-Ilan Univ. (Israel)
M. Rosenbluh, Bar-Ilan Univ. (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9447:
18th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications
Tanja Dreischuh; Sanka Gateva; Alexandros Serafetinides, Editor(s)

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