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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2002
  • pp: 1830–1832

Line narrowing and hole burning within the homogeneous linewidth: a new wave-mixing effect in two-level systems

J. Förstner, A. Knorr, M. Lindberg, and S. W. Koch  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 20, pp. 1830-1832 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.27.001830


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Abstract

The interaction of strong low-area pulses with two-level systems shows absorption line narrowing and hole burning within the homogeneous linewidth as a result of nonlinear wave mixing. The wave mixing results from the two-level electronic saturation nonlinearity and occurs, depending on the sign of the pulse area, as a strong absorption enhancement or gain at the transition frequency of the two-level system for resonant excitation.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics

Citation
J. Förstner, A. Knorr, M. Lindberg, and S. W. Koch, "Line narrowing and hole burning within the homogeneous linewidth: a new wave-mixing effect in two-level systems," Opt. Lett. 27, 1830-1832 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-27-20-1830


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