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Influence of plasma parameters on optical coherence in a forward scattering signal
Author(s): Emilia A. Alipieva; Svetlana Karabasheva
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Paper Abstract

We report magneto-optical rotation due to the interaction of atoms with a resonance laser beam. Our experiment is performed on the excited He states, 23P-33D transition, (lambda) equals 587,56nm. Two processes are responsible for the magneto-optical activity: the Zeeman coherences, induced in the absorbing level, and the optical pumping processes, each of them due to the laser beam excitation. The Zeeman coherence creates peaks with a width determined by the coherence relaxation rate, while the optical pumping creates a structure with a width in the order of the natural width of the transition. Due to the difference between the relaxation rates of the 2P and 3D He levels, the two parts of signal are well resolved and depend on the He pressure in different ways. The narrow coherence signal disappears at high He pressure, unless the amplitude of the optical pumping signal increases. The optical pumping signals saturates as He pressure increased and changes its sign. At high gas pressures, such that only the optical pumping signal exists, an increase of the He pressure leads to the narrowing of both the 'classical parabolic dependence' and the optical pumping signal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 1996
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3052, Ninth International School on Quantum Electronics: Lasers--Physics and Applications, (27 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.262933
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Emilia A. Alipieva, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)
Svetlana Karabasheva, Institute of Electronics (Bulgaria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3052:
Ninth International School on Quantum Electronics: Lasers--Physics and Applications
Peter A. Atanasov, Editor(s)

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