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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 3, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1986
  • pp: 572–586

Markovian relaxation processes for atoms in vapors and in solids: calculation of free-induction decay in the weak-external-field limit

P. R. Berman  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 3, Issue 4, pp. 572-586 (1986)

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In a previous paper [J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 3, 564 (1986)], the validity conditions for the optical Bloch equations were reviewed. It was shown that, even within the limits of an impact or Markovian approximation, the optical Bloch equations fail to account properly for fluctuation-induced changes in atomic transition frequencies. Such changes are properly incorporated in a quantum-mechanical transport equation (QMTE) in which the fluctuation-induced frequency shifts are totally characterized by kernels W(ε′ → ε) that give the probability density per unit time for a fluctuation to change the frequency shift from ε′ to ε. The QMTE describes the interaction of atoms with both an external radiation field and the perturber bath producing the fluctuations. A general method for solving the QMTE as a perturbation series in the external field is presented. Specific calculations are carried out for strong-redistribution, difference [W(ε′ → ε) is a function of (ε−ε′) only], and Brownian motion kernels. It is shown that, although the kernels possess fundamental differences, they can yield similar results in certain limits. As an example, a perturbation calculation is performed for the free-induction decay (FID) of atoms prepared by a cw laser field and then allowed to radiate when the field is suddenly removed. Radical departures from the predictions of the conventional Bloch equations are found in certain limits, including a first-order contribution to FID in vapors and a nonexponential FID decay for atoms in vapors or solids. The implications of these results to a consistent interpretation of a recent experiment [Phys. Rev. Lett. 50, 1269 (1983)] on FID in the impurity ion crystal Pr3+:LaF3 are explored.

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P. R. Berman, "Markovian relaxation processes for atoms in vapors and in solids: calculation of free-induction decay in the weak-external-field limit," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 3, 572-586 (1986)

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  1. P. R. Berman, "Validity conditions for the optical Bloch equations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 3, 564–571 (1986).
  2. See, for example, B. W. Shore, "Modeling noise by jump processes in strong laser-atom interactions," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 1, 176–188 (1984), which contains extensive references to earlier work. The modeling of frequency fluctuations by jump processes is often attributed to Anderson and Kubo [P. W. Anderson, "A mathematical model for the narrowing of spectral lines by exchange or motion," J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 9, 316–339 (1954); R. Kubo, "Note on the stochastic theory of resonance absorption," J. Phys. Soc. Jpn 9, 935–944 (1954)]. In the optical domain, Burshtein and Oseledchik [A. I. Burshtein and Y. S. Oseledchik, "Relaxation in a system subjected to suddenly changing perturbations in the presence of correlation between successive values of the perturbation," Sov. Phys. JETP 24, 716–724 (1967)] derive an equation for atomic relaxation resulting from jump processes.
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  4. See, for example, P. R. Berman, "Theory of collision effects on atomic and molecular lineshapes," Appl. Phys. (Germany) 6, 283–296 (1975), and references therein; "Collisions in atomic vapors," in New Trends in Atomic Physics, Les Houches, Session 38, 1982, G. Grynberg and R. Stora, eds. (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1984), pp. 451–514, and references therein; V. P. Kochanov, S. G. Rautian and A. M. Shalagin, "Broadening of nonlinear resonances by velocity-changing collisions," Sov. Phys. JETP 45, 714–722 (1977); A. G. Kofman and A. I. Burshtein, "Kinetics of Doppler-spectrum saturation," Sov. Phys. JETP 49, 1019–1026 (1979).
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  12. R. G. DeVoe and R. G. Brewer, "Experimental test of the optical Bloch equations for solids," Phys. Rev. Lett. 50, 1269–1272 (1983).
  13. The resonance approximation consists of neglecting terms that vary as exp[+i(Ω + ω)t]. The field-interaction representation consists of writing ρ12(R, v, t) = ρ12(v, t)exp[−i(k • R − Ωt)].
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  15. Note that expression (5.68) lacks the delta-function contribution found in expression (5.23) [compare also expressions (5.58) and (5.7) for Τ » γi]. The Brownian motion model cannot reproduce this delta-function, contribution [see A. P. Kol-chenko, A. A. Pukh'ov, S. G. Rautian, and A. M. Shalagin, "Effect of selective collisions on the velocity distribution of atoms and on nonlinear interference effects," Sov. Phys. JETP 36, 619–628 (1973); P. R. Berman, "Brownian motion of atomic systems: Fokker-Planck limit of the transport equation," Phys. Rev. A 9, 2170–2176 (1974)]. When integrals of Eq. (5.7) or (5.8) or expression (5.23) are taken, the delta-function contribution is negligible, provided that Τ » γi and Τ » ε0 (i-e., in the strict Brownian motion limit when Τ → ∞).
  16. See, for example, P. R. Berman, "Theory of collision effects on atomic and molecular lineshapes," Appl. Phys (Germany) 6, 283–296 (1975), and references therein to motional narrowing in atomic and molecular vapors. See also K. Shimoda, "Line broadening and narrowing effects," in High Resolution Spectroscopy, Vol. 13 of Topics in Applied Physics, K. Shimoda, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1976), pp. 11–49. Motional narrowing in nuclear magnetic resonance dates from earlier times: see, for example, A. Abragam, Principles of Nuclear Magnetism (Oxford U. Press, Oxford, 1961); C. P. Slichter, Principles of Magnetic Resonance (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1980), and references therein.
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  18. R. M. Macfarlane, R. M. Shelby, and R. L. Shoemaker, "Ultra-high-resolution spectroscopy: photon echoes in YA103:Pr3+ and LaF3: Pr3+," Phys. Rev. Lett. 43, 1726–1730 (1979).
  19. P. R. Berman, J. M. Levy, and R. G. Brewer, "Coherent optical transient study of mòlecular collisions: theory and observations," Phys. Rev. A 11, 1668–1688 (1975). '
  20. A. G. Yodh, J. Golub, N. W. Carlson, and T. W. Mossberg, "Optically inhibited collisional dephasing," Phys. Rev. Lett. 53, 659–667 (1984).

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