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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 11 — Apr. 10, 2011
  • pp: 1620–1624

Selective optical pumping process in Doppler-broadened atoms

Shuangqiang Liu, Yundong Zhang, Daikun Fan, Hao Wu, and Ping Yuan  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 11, pp. 1620-1624 (2011)

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By solving the optical Bloch equations with the rate-equation approximation, we calculate the time dependence of the magnetic sublevel populations of Doppler-broadened atoms. With an increase of the left-circularly polarized pump intensity, the population fraction of a certain sublevel of the excited state almost reaches 0.3, resulting in anisotropy in the excited state, which is important to the optical filter based on circular birefringence and dichroism. Furthermore, numerical results show that the real saturation pump intensity for the moving atoms is much larger than that for the resting atoms.

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OCIS Codes
(020.2930) Atomic and molecular physics : Hyperfine structure
(140.5560) Lasers and laser optics : Pumping
(020.1335) Atomic and molecular physics : Atom optics
(020.2649) Atomic and molecular physics : Strong field laser physics

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: November 5, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 12, 2011
Published: April 8, 2011

Shuangqiang Liu, Yundong Zhang, Daikun Fan, Hao Wu, and Ping Yuan, "Selective optical pumping process in Doppler-broadened atoms," Appl. Opt. 50, 1620-1624 (2011)

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