Polarization-dependent Rabi frequency beats in the coherent response of [Formula Presented] in YAG

C. Greiner, B. Boggs, T. Loftus, Tsaipei Wang, T. W. Mossberg

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Abstract

We experimentally and theoretically investigate the coherent response of [Formula Presented] ions in yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG). Working on the [Formula Presented] transition we observe optical nutation signals that exhibit multiple distinct Fourier components having polarization-dependent frequencies and weights. This phenomenon is caused by the presence of six different transition-dipole moment orientations of [Formula Presented] ions in YAG and a resultant dependence of ion-field coupling on field-propagation direction and polarization. Experimental data shown are in excellent agreement with simulation results based on numerical integration of the Maxwell-Bloch equations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R2657-R2660
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume60
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999

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