We have measured −3.5 dB (−8.1 dB corrected for losses) relative intensity squeezing between probe and conjugate beams generated by stimulated, nondegenerate four-wave mixing in hot rubidium vapor. Unlike early observations of squeezing in atomic vapors based on saturation of a two-level system, our scheme uses a resonant nonlinearity based on ground-state coherences in a three-level system. Since this scheme produces narrowband, squeezed light near an atomic resonance, it is of interest for experiments involving cold atoms or atomic ensembles.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 26, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 3, 2006
Published: December 23, 2006
C. F. McCormick, V. Boyer, E. Arimondo, and P. D. Lett, "Strong relative intensity squeezing by four-wave mixing in rubidium vapor," Opt. Lett. 32, 178-180 (2007)