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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/184699
Title:
Effects of injected atomic coherence on multiwave mixing.
Author:
Carty, Timothy.
Issue Date:
1989
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Discussion begins with a brief account of atomic level-pumping and reasons why atomic coherence is typically not considered in cw work on optical interactions. This dissertation is divided into four parts: semiclassical treatments of one-photon electric- dipole atom-field single-mode interactions and multimode interactions, and corresponding treatments for the two-photon interaction. We present the effects of injected atomic coherence on the polarization of the medium, the slowly varying envelope wave equation, the single- and multiwave mixing coefficients, and weak field propagation in a homogeneously broadened two-level medium. Spatial and temporal phase matching of the injected coherence to a field mode is crucial throughout, since the field may not be able to remain in phase with the induced and injected polarizations. One-photon injected coherence contributes directly to the polarization at the atomic resonance frequency. The perfectly phase-matched case leads to a linear superposition of an exponentially decaying field (Beer's law) and a constant field driven by the injected coherence. The interaction of an injected coherence with a detuned field produces frequency-symmetric sidebands about the pump field polarization. The sideband spacing equals the atom-field detuning. To probe the injected coherence we inject a weak resonant field. The resulting three-wave mixing leads to multiwave mixing coefficients that are unaffected to first-order in the weak sidemodes, but the injected coherence adds inhomogeneous terms to the coupled-mode equations. For both single- and multimode interactions the injected coherence does not affect the exponential growth/decay of the sidemodes, but it supports a weak field that may propagate if properly phase matched. For two-photon media the injected coherence requires at least one field interaction in order to produce a polarization, which then appears in the single- and multiwave mixing coefficients. The exponential growth/decay rate is modified by the injected coherence. For a centrally-tuned pump the injected coherence contributes the standard multiwave mixing terms as well as additional effects. Four-wave mixing is discussed as a means of relaxing the spatial phase matching constraint on the injected coherence.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Electromagnetic fields.; Atoms -- Electric properties.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Optical Sciences; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Sargent, M.

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleEffects of injected atomic coherence on multiwave mixing.en_US
dc.creatorCarty, Timothy.en_US
dc.contributor.authorCarty, Timothy.en_US
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractDiscussion begins with a brief account of atomic level-pumping and reasons why atomic coherence is typically not considered in cw work on optical interactions. This dissertation is divided into four parts: semiclassical treatments of one-photon electric- dipole atom-field single-mode interactions and multimode interactions, and corresponding treatments for the two-photon interaction. We present the effects of injected atomic coherence on the polarization of the medium, the slowly varying envelope wave equation, the single- and multiwave mixing coefficients, and weak field propagation in a homogeneously broadened two-level medium. Spatial and temporal phase matching of the injected coherence to a field mode is crucial throughout, since the field may not be able to remain in phase with the induced and injected polarizations. One-photon injected coherence contributes directly to the polarization at the atomic resonance frequency. The perfectly phase-matched case leads to a linear superposition of an exponentially decaying field (Beer's law) and a constant field driven by the injected coherence. The interaction of an injected coherence with a detuned field produces frequency-symmetric sidebands about the pump field polarization. The sideband spacing equals the atom-field detuning. To probe the injected coherence we inject a weak resonant field. The resulting three-wave mixing leads to multiwave mixing coefficients that are unaffected to first-order in the weak sidemodes, but the injected coherence adds inhomogeneous terms to the coupled-mode equations. For both single- and multimode interactions the injected coherence does not affect the exponential growth/decay of the sidemodes, but it supports a weak field that may propagate if properly phase matched. For two-photon media the injected coherence requires at least one field interaction in order to produce a polarization, which then appears in the single- and multiwave mixing coefficients. The exponential growth/decay rate is modified by the injected coherence. For a centrally-tuned pump the injected coherence contributes the standard multiwave mixing terms as well as additional effects. Four-wave mixing is discussed as a means of relaxing the spatial phase matching constraint on the injected coherence.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectElectromagnetic fields.en_US
dc.subjectAtoms -- Electric properties.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineOptical Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSargent, M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMeystroen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKhitrova, G.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest8919023en_US
dc.identifier.oclc702381173en_US
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