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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2012
  • pp: 118–120

Polarization spectroscopy of an excited state transition

Christopher Carr, Charles S. Adams, and Kevin J. Weatherill  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 1, pp. 118-120 (2012)

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We demonstrate polarization spectroscopy of an excited state transition in room-temperature cesium vapor. An anisotropy induced by a circularly polarized pump beam on the D2 transition is observed using a weak probe on the 6P3/27S1/2 transition. At high pump power, a subfeature due to Autler-Townes splitting is observed that theoretical modeling shows is enhanced by Doppler averaging. Polarization spectroscopy provides a simple modulation–free signal suitable for laser frequency stabilization to excited state transitions.

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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
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: July 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 20, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 17, 2011
Published: January 18, 2012

Christopher Carr, Charles S. Adams, and Kevin J. Weatherill, "Polarization spectroscopy of an excited state transition," Opt. Lett. 37, 118-120 (2012)

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