Propagation of complex laser pulses in optically dense media

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Ultrafast laser pulses with complex envelopes (amplitude and frequency modulated) are used to excite an optically dense column of rubidium vapor. Pulse reshaping, stimulated emission dynamics, and residual electronic excitation in the Rb vapor are all shown to depend strongly on the laser pulse shape. Pulses that produce adiabatic passage in the optically thin limit exhibit more complex behavior in optically thick samples, including an unexpected dependence on the sign of the frequency sweep. Numerical solutions of the Maxwell-Bloch equations are shown to account for our results. © 1999 The American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

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

Published Date

  • January 1, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 82 / 20

Start / End Page

  • 3984 - 3987

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1079-7114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevLett.82.3984

Citation Source

  • Scopus