Adiabatic population transfer with frequency-swept laser pulses

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We present detailed experimental and theoretical results on population transfer with frequency-swept picosecond laser pulses. Here, we demonstrate that intense frequency-swept pulses, when applied in the adiabatic limit, lead to both more efficient and more selective excitation than do unmodulated laser pulses. The experimental work is performed on quasi-two-level systems (pentacene/p-terphenyl crystal and Na vapor), quasi-three-level systems (Na vapor), and on more complex multilevel systems (I2 vapor). We discuss the different characteristics of adiabatic population transfer in both few-level, and multilevel cases, and, in particular, present computer calculations to explore the effects of molecular rotations in multilevel adiabatic population transfer. © 1994 American Institute of Physics.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Melinger, JS; Gandhi, SR; Hariharan, A; Goswami, D; Warren, WS

Published Date

  • January 1, 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 101 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 6439 - 6454

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9606

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.468368

Citation Source

  • Scopus