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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 18 — Sep. 1, 2008
  • pp: 14128–14141

Repeated interaction model for diffusion-induced Ramsey narrowing

Yanhong Xiao, Irina Novikova, David F. Phillips, and Ronald L. Walsworth  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 18, pp. 14128-14141 (2008)

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In a recent paper [Y. Xiao et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 043601 (2006)] we characterized diffusion-induced Ramsey narrowing as a general phenomenon, in which diffusion of coherence in-and-out of an interaction region such as a laser beam induces spectral narrowing of the associated resonance lineshape. Here we provide a detailed presentation of the repeated interaction model of diffusion-induced Ramsey narrowing, with particular focus on its application to Electromagnetically Induced Transparency (EIT) of atomic vapor in a buffer gas cell. We compare this model both to experimental data and numerical calculations.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(020.3690) Atomic and molecular physics : Line shapes and shifts
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(300.3700) Spectroscopy : Linewidth

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: June 6, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 4, 2008
Published: August 26, 2008

Yanhong Xiao, Irina Novikova, David F. Phillips, and Ronald L. Walsworth, "Repeated interaction model for diffusion-induced Ramsey narrowing," Opt. Express 16, 14128-14141 (2008)

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