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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 6 — Mar. 12, 2012
  • pp: 6204–6214

Four-wave-mixing between the upper excited states in a ladder-type atomic configuration

Utsab Khadka, Huaibin Zheng, and Min Xiao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 6, pp. 6204-6214 (2012)

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Four-wave-mixing (FWM) radiation is generated between the hyperfine structures of the 5D and 5P states in a thermally broadened rubidium atomic vapor using resonant atomic coherence. Background-free unidirectional signals having narrow spectral linewidths are isolated and experimentally studied in the frequency domain, and the effects of the driving beam parameters on the properties of the radiation are discussed. The radiation has several new properties compared to traditional FWM radiations generated between the 5P and 5S states. The high-resolution signals obtained in this method could make it favorable in spectroscopic procedures that rely on two-photon fluorescence.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(300.6290) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, four-wave mixing
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: November 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 23, 2012
Published: March 2, 2012

Utsab Khadka, Huaibin Zheng, and Min Xiao, "Four-wave-mixing between the upper excited states in a ladder-type atomic configuration," Opt. Express 20, 6204-6214 (2012)

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