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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2006
  • pp: 2353–2355

Comparison of Rb 87 N-resonances for D 1 and D 2 transitions

Irina Novikova, David F. Phillips, Alexander S. Zibrov, Ronald L. Walsworth, Aleksei V. Taichenachev, and Valeriy I. Yudin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 15, pp. 2353-2355 (2006)

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We report an experimental comparison of three-photon-absorption resonances (N-resonances) for the D 1 and D 2 optical transitions of thermal Rb 87 vapor. We find that the D 2 N-resonance has better contrast, a broader linewidth, and a more symmetric line shape than the D 1 N-resonance. Taken together, these factors imply superior performance for frequency standards operating on alkali D 2 N-resonances, in contrast with coherent population trapping resonances, for which the D 2 transition provides poorer frequency standard performance than the D 1 transition.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(020.3690) Atomic and molecular physics : Line shapes and shifts

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: January 11, 2006
Revised Manuscript: April 26, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2006
Published: July 10, 2006

Irina Novikova, David F. Phillips, Alexander S. Zibrov, Ronald L. Walsworth, Aleksei V. Taichenachev, and Valeriy I. Yudin, "Comparison of 87Rb N-resonances for D1 and D2 transitions," Opt. Lett. 31, 2353-2355 (2006)

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