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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2002
  • pp: 500–502

Sub-Doppler bandwidth atomic optical filter

L. D. Turner, V. Karaganov, P. J. O. Teubner, and R. E. Scholten  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 7, pp. 500-502 (2002)

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We demonstrate what is to our knowledge the first atomic optical filter that uses velocity selection to achieve a passband width that is less than the Doppler width of the filtering transition. A narrow-linewidth pump laser is used to induce circular birefringence in a narrow velocity class of atoms in a dense potassium vapor for 694-nm light resonant with the 4P3/2–6S1/2 transition. The filter displays a single 170-MHz passband at a peak transmittance of 9.5%. The bandwidth is an order of magnitude lower than that of previously demonstrated atomic optical filters.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2440) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Filters
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

L. D. Turner, V. Karaganov, P. J. O. Teubner, and R. E. Scholten, "Sub-Doppler bandwidth atomic optical filter," Opt. Lett. 27, 500-502 (2002)

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