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Phaseonium: media of unusual optical properties
Author(s): Antoni Wojcik; Ryszard Parzynski
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Paper Abstract

In recent years reports on very interesting media showing unusual optical properties have appeared in literature on atomic physics. The source of these properties is quantum interference revealed in the process of interaction of atoms with coherent light. The basis of this process is the fact that if there are at least two possibilities of realization of the process of absorption or emission of light in a given medium leading to the same final state, they interfere with each other. The result of the interference depends on relative phases of the interfering processes. However, for the interference to be observable the above phases must be well determined. The phase coherence of the medium is thus a condition necessary for obtaining the optical properties characteristic of quantum interference. This fact has been underlined by the name phaseonium given to these media by Marlan O. Scully. Recently observed unusual optical properties of a phase-coherent atomic medium (phaseonium) is explained using very simple models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 August 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3186, Laser Technology V: Physics and Research and Development Trends, (14 August 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.280472
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Antoni Wojcik, Adam Mickiewicz Univ. (Poland)
Ryszard Parzynski, Adam Mickiewicz Univ. (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3186:
Laser Technology V: Physics and Research and Development Trends
Wieslaw L. Wolinski; Michal Malinowski, Editor(s)

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