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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 25 — Dec. 16, 2013
  • pp: 30306–30314

Femtosecond laser fluorescence and propagation in very dense potassium vapor

Y. Makdisi, J. Kokaj, K. Afrousheh, R. Nair, J. Mathew, and G Pichler  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 25, pp. 30306-30314 (2013)

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Femtosecond (fs) laser propagation and fluorescence of dense potassium vapor was studied, and the spectral region around the first and the second doublets of the principal series lines of potassium atoms was investigated. In our search we did not observe the conical emission in the far field, although it was previously observed in the case of rubidium. We discuss the possible reason of this unexpected result. The fluorescence spectrum revealed Rb impurity resonance lines in emission due to the collisional redistribution from the K(4p) levels into the Rb(5p) levels. In the forward propagation of 400 nm femtosecond light we observed the molecular band red shifted from potassium second doublet. However, no molecular spectrum was observed when the mode-locked fs laser light was discretely tuned within the wings of the first resonance lines, at 770 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: October 14, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 12, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 15, 2013
Published: December 3, 2013

Y. Makdisi, J. Kokaj, K. Afrousheh, R. Nair, J. Mathew, and G Pichler, "Femtosecond laser fluorescence and propagation in very dense potassium vapor," Opt. Express 21, 30306-30314 (2013)

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