Propagation of complex shaped ultrafast pulses in highly optically dense samples.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We examine the propagation of shaped (amplitude- and frequency-modulated) ultrafast laser pulses through optically dense rubidium vapor. Pulse reshaping, stimulated emission dynamics, and residual electronic excitation all strongly depend on the laser pulse shape. For example, frequency swept pulses, which produce adiabatic passage in the optically thin limit (independent of the sign of the frequency sweep), behave unexpectedly in optically dense samples. Paraxial Maxwell optical Bloch equations can model our ultrafast pulse propagation results well and provide insight.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Davis, JC; Fetterman, MR; Warren, WS; Goswami, D

Published Date

  • April 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 128 / 15

Start / End Page

  • 154312 -

PubMed ID

  • 18433214

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1089-7690

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9606

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.2894871


  • eng