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Laser Physics and Spectroscopy in Alkali Vapor-Noble Gas Mixtures; Dynamics of Quantum Superposition States Examined by High-Resolution Quantum Beat S

TYPESpecial Seminar - Solid State Institute, Technion
Speaker:Prof. Gary Eden
Affiliation:University of Illinois, U.S.A.
Time:12:30 - 13:30
Location:Solid State Auditorium(Entrance)
Remark:Host: Host: Prof. Gasi Eisenstein

We demonstrate that excited alkali states can be spin-polarized with circularly-polarized optical fields, by means of a
transient alkali-rare gas molecular complex. Circularly-polarized alkali D2 line lasers have also been realized, and
the ability of the pump optical field ellipticity to control the effective degeneracy of the upper laser level is
tantamount to controlling the laser transition gain coefficient.
Quantum beating at frequencies up to 73 THz has been observed, and coupled quantum beating has been detected by
Parametric Four Wave Mixing (PWFM) when Rb vapor is excited with pairs of 55 fs pulses. Tailoring of the laser
spectrum results in 7s-5d5/2 and 8s-6d5/2 quantum beating at 18.225 THz and 10.73 THz, respectively. The
interaction between the two state superpositions is observed in both the time and Fourier (frequency) domains