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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 1992
  • pp: 1304–1306

Polarization-ellipse rotation by induced gyrotropy in atomic vapors

William V. Davis, Alexander L. Gaeta, and Robert W. Boyd  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 17, Issue 18, pp. 1304-1306 (1992)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.17.001304


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Abstract

We study theoretically and experimentally a new mechanism for the rotation of the polarization ellipse of a single laser beam propagating through an atomic vapor with a frequency tuned near an atomic resonance. The results of a theoretical treatment for the case of a J = 1/2 to J = 1/2 atomic transition show that a rotation of the polarization ellipse of the laser beam will occur as a result of ground-state optical pumping and that the angle of rotation is independent of the laser intensity over a broad range of laser intensities. The predictions of this theoretical model are tested experimentally through the use of potassium vapor and are found to agree with the experimental data.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: April 22, 1992
Published: September 15, 1992

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William V. Davis, Alexander L. Gaeta, and Robert W. Boyd, "Polarization-ellipse rotation by induced gyrotropy in atomic vapors," Opt. Lett. 17, 1304-1306 (1992)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-17-18-1304

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