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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 23 — Nov. 10, 2008
  • pp: 19112–19117

Optical switching mediated by quantum interference of Raman transitions

Jiepeng Zhang, Gessler Hernandez, and Yifu Zhu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 23, pp. 19112-19117 (2008)

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We report an experimental study of quantum interference between two-photon Raman transitions and demonstration of the phase control of light attenuation/transmission in cold Rb atoms. By varying the phase and frequency of a weak control laser, either constructive interference or destructive interference between the two-photon Raman transitions in a three-level Λ system can be manipulated. The interference enables absorptive switching of one field by another field at low light levels.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: September 12, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 21, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 2008
Published: November 4, 2008

Jiepeng Zhang, Gessler Hernandez, and Yifu Zhu, "Optical switching mediated by quantum interference of Raman transitions," Opt. Express 16, 19112-19117 (2008)

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