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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 14 — Jul. 5, 2010
  • pp: 14577–14585

Essential features of optical processes in neon-buffered submicron-thin Rb vapor cell

Grant Hakhumyan, Armen Sargsyan, Claude Leroy, Yevgenya Pashayan-Leroy, Aram Papoyan, and David Sarkisyan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 14, pp. 14577-14585 (2010)

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A new submicron thin cell (STC) filled with Rb and neon gas is developed and comparison of resonant absorption with STC containing pure Rb is provided. The effect of collapse and revival of Dicke-type narrowing is still observable for the thickness L = λ/2 and L = λ, where λ is a resonant laser wavelength 794 nm (D1 line). For an ordinary Rb cm-size cell with addition of buffer gas, the velocity selective optical pumping/saturation (VSOP) resonances in saturated absorption spectra are fully suppressed if neon pressure > 0.5 Torr. A spectacular difference is that for L = λ, VSOP resonances are still observable even when neon pressure is ≥ 6 Torr. Narrow fluorescence spectra at L = λ/2 allow one to realize online buffer gas pressure monitoring. A good agreement with theoretical model is observed.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: April 9, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 5, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2010
Published: June 23, 2010

Grant Hakhumyan, Armen Sargsyan, Claude Leroy, Yevgenya Pashayan-Leroy, Aram Papoyan, and David Sarkisyan, "Essential features of optical processes in neon-buffered submicron-thin Rb vapor cell," Opt. Express 18, 14577-14585 (2010)

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