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Interference at quantum transitions: lasing without inversion and resonant four-wave mixing in strong fields at Doppler-broadened transitions
Author(s): Alexander K. Popov
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Paper Abstract

An influence of nonlinear interference processes at quantum transitions in strong resonance electromagnetic fields on absorption, amplification and refractive indices as well as on four-wave mixing processes is investigated. Doppler broadening of the coupled transitions, incoherent excitation, relaxation processes, as well as power saturation processes associated with the coupled levels are taken into account. Both closed (ground state is involved) and open (only excited states are involved) energy level configurations are considered. Common expressions are obtained which allow to analyze the optical characteristics (including gain without inversion and enhanced refractive index at vanishing absorption) for various V, (Lambda) and H configurations of interfering transitions by a simple substitution of parameters. Similar expressions for resonant four-wave mixing (FWM) in Raman configurations are derived too. Crucial role of Doppler broadening is shown. Theory is applied for numerical analysis of some recent and potential experiments.

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Date Published: 21 October 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3485, 11th International Vavilov Conference on Nonlinear Optics, (21 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.328240
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Alexander K. Popov, Institute of Physics (Russia), Krasnoyarsk Univ., and and Krasnoyarsk Technical Univ. (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3485:
11th International Vavilov Conference on Nonlinear Optics
Sergei G. Rautian, Editor(s)

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