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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 40, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2001
  • pp: 2047–2051

Electromagnetically induced transparency and optical switching in a rubidium cascade system

Jason Clarke, Hongxin Chen, and William A. van Wijngaarden  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 12, pp. 2047-2051 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.40.002047


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Abstract

Electromagnetically induced transparency is observed in a mismatched-wavelength cascade system with a room-temperature rubidium vapor cell. A cw probe laser beam monitors the 5S1/2 → 5P3/2 transition while another cw laser couples the 5P3/2 state to a higher excited state. The ratio of the observed Rabi frequencies for coupling to the 5P3/2 → 8D3/2,5/2 transitions agrees well with that predicted by use of the transition oscillator strengths. Optical switching is demonstrated with an 80-mW coupling laser beam modulated up to 1 MHz.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.4900) Atomic and molecular physics : Oscillator strengths
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic

History
Original Manuscript: August 3, 2000
Revised Manuscript: January 2, 2001
Published: April 20, 2001

Citation
Jason Clarke, Hongxin Chen, and William A. van Wijngaarden, "Electromagnetically induced transparency and optical switching in a rubidium cascade system," Appl. Opt. 40, 2047-2051 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-40-12-2047

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