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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 1996
  • pp: 928–930

Observation of a critical concentration in laser-induced transparency and multiphoton excitation and ionization in rubidium

Lu Deng, W. R. Garrett, M. G. Payne, and D. Z. Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 13, pp. 928-930 (1996)

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We report the behavior of Autler–Townes splitting and production of a four-wave mixing (FWM) field in rubidium in the context of laser-induced transparency. Gain saturation of the FWM and simultaneous suppression of Autler–Townes splitting above a critical concentration are interpreted in terms of the odd-photon destructive interference effect. The results demonstrate that, when multimode lasers are used, odd-photon destructive interference significantly limits the high-efficiency and high-intensity FWM generation promised by early studies of laser-induced transparency.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 29, 1996
Published: July 1, 1996

Lu Deng, D. Z. Lee, W. R. Garrett, and M. G. Payne, "Observation of a critical concentration in laser-induced transparency and multiphoton excitation and ionization in rubidium," Opt. Lett. 21, 928-930 (1996)

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