A study of coherent nonlinear processes in dense media with continuous and pulsed laser fields
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Coherent nonlinear effects such as Electromagnetically Induced Transparency (EIT), Coherent Population Trapping (CPT), and Slow light are studied in thermal Rb vapor by both continuous and pulsed laser fields. This work primarily includes three parts: (I) mode-locked rubidium laser and its applications (II) enhanced coupling between optical and sound waves in the forward direction via ultra-slow light (III) optical steering via ultra-slow light in rubidium vapor. In part(I), I describe the construction and study of a mode-locked rubidium laser operating at the Rb D1 line using an active mode-locking technique inside the laser cavity. The mode-locked laser field is used to observe coherent effects in a dense rubidium gas. In part(II), I experimentally demonstrate enhanced acoustic-optic coupling that occurs when the velocity of sound is close to the group velocity of light. Dragging of the light by effective motion of the gas in a Rb cell is the origin of enhanced coupling. Good agreement between theory and experiment is found. In part(III), I experimentally demonstrate optical beam deflection in coherently driven rubidium vapor due to the steep refraction index profile in the region of EIT.
Subjectquantum coherent effect, Electromagnetically Induced transparency, Coherent Population Trapping, Slow light, mode-locked laser system
Zhang, Aihua (2009). A study of coherent nonlinear processes in dense media with continuous and pulsed laser fields. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from