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Phase-dependent light propagation in atomic vapors

Kajari-Schröder, Sarah and Morigi, Giovanna and Franke-Arnold, Sonja and Oppo, Gian-Luca (2007) Phase-dependent light propagation in atomic vapors. Physical Review A, 75 (1). 013816-1. ISSN 1050-2947

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    Light propagation in an atomic medium whose coupled energy levels form a -configuration exhibits a critical dependence on the input conditions. Depending on the relative phase of the input light fields, the response of the medium can be dramatically modified and switch from opaque to semitransparent. These different types of behavior are caused by the formation of coherences due to interference in the atomic excitations. Alkaline-earth-metal atoms with zero nuclear spin are ideal candidates for observing these phenomena which could offer new perspectives in control techniques in quantum electronics.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 6450
    Keywords: light propagation, energy, atomic excitations, Alkaline-earth-metal atoms, quantum electronics, atomic vapors, Plasma physics. Ionized gases, Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    Subjects: Science > Physics > Plasma physics. Ionized gases
    Science > Physics
    Department: Faculty of Science > Physics
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    Depositing user: Miss Darcy Spiller
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2008
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 23:43

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