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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1536–1538

Lineshape asymmetry for joint coherent population trapping and three-photon N resonances

Cindy Hancox, Michael Hohensee, Michael Crescimanno, David F. Phillips, and Ronald L. Walsworth  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 13, pp. 1536-1538 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.001536


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Abstract

We show that a characteristic two-photon lineshape asymmetry arises in coherent population trapping (CPT) and three-photon ( N ) resonances, because both resonances are simultaneously induced by modulation sidebands in the interrogating laser light. The N resonance is a three-photon resonance in which a two-photon Raman excitation is combined with a resonant optical pumping field. This joint CPT and N resonance can be the dominant source of lineshape distortion, with direct relevance for the operation of miniaturized atomic frequency standards. We present the results of both an experimental study and theoretical treatment of the asymmetry of the joint CPT and N resonance under conditions typical to the operation of an N resonance clock.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(020.3690) Atomic and molecular physics : Line shapes and shifts
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(300.6380) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, modulation

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

History
Original Manuscript: April 16, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 21, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 27, 2008
Published: June 30, 2008

Citation
Cindy Hancox, Michael Hohensee, Michael Crescimanno, David F. Phillips, and Ronald L. Walsworth, "Lineshape asymmetry for joint coherent population trapping and three-photon N resonances," Opt. Lett. 33, 1536-1538 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-13-1536


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