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Title: Tracking interacting dark states through higher order absorption resonances
Authors: Preethi, T.M.
Manukumara, M.
Narayanan, Andal
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Publisher: EDP Sciences /Springer
Citation: European Physical Journal D, 2010, Vol.60, p389
Abstract: A three photon resonance arising due to coherent population trapped (CPT) states in multi-level systems, is experimentally shown to be a powerful spectral marker to detect interacting CPT states. In systems showing N type or double Λ type level configurations, these absorption resonances can be used to identify spectral positions of maximal interactions between competing CPT ground states. The contrast of the absorption resonance serves to identify even partially destructive interactions between the CPT states, eliminating the need for strong resonant changes of ground state coherence for identification. We demonstrate this effect in a room temperature, gaseous collection of 87Rb. atoms. Three laser fields interact with a double Λ configuration in the Zeeman degenerate levels of the ground state 5S1/2S12, F = 1 and those of the excited states 5P3/2P32, F = 0,1, around the D2 line. The three-photon resonance is studied in the counter-propagating third field when the other two co-propagating fields satisfy the two-photon resonance condition necessary for creation of CPT states. We envisage that this absorption feature in the third field, can become a veritable tool to quantify degradation of CPT induced effects in engineered quantum states using multi-level systems.
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ISSN: 1434-6060
1434-6079 (Online)
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Copyright: 2010 EDP Sciences /Springer
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