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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2012
  • pp: 3378–3380

Ultrafast Rabi flopping in a three-level energy ladder

Jongseok Lim, Kanghee Lee, and Jaewook Ahn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 16, pp. 3378-3380 (2012)

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We demonstrate Rabi oscillation of a resonant two-photon transition in a three-level ladder-type quantum system of gaseous rubidium atoms induced by a single femtosecond laser pulse. For this, we shape the flat-top spatial profile of the laser pulse and perform the ultrafast population cycling of the atoms as a function of pulse energy. The experimental result confirms that the Rabi frequency of the transition from a ground state to a final state depends linearly on the pulse area, although the transition is a two-photon process.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: June 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 13, 2012
Published: August 8, 2012

Jongseok Lim, Kanghee Lee, and Jaewook Ahn, "Ultrafast Rabi flopping in a three-level energy ladder," Opt. Lett. 37, 3378-3380 (2012)

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