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Quasisimultons in thermal atomic vapors [dataset] Open Access

The propagation of two-color laser fields through optically thick atomic ensembles is studied. We demonstrate how the interaction between these two fields spawns the formation of copropagating, two-color solitonlike pulses akin to the simultons found by Konopnicki and Eberly [Phys. Rev. A 24, 2567 (1981)]. For the particular case of thermal Rb atoms exposed to a combination of a weak cw laser field resonant on the D1 transition and a strong sub-ns laser pulse resonant on the D2 transition, simulton formation is initiated by an interplay between the 5s 1/2 − 5p 1/2 and 5s 1/2 − 5p 3/2 coherences. The interplay amplifies the D1 field at the arrival of the D2 pulse, producing a sech-squared pulse with a length of less than 10 μm. This amplification is demonstrated in a time-resolved measurement of the light transmitted through a thin thermal cell. We find good agreement between experiment and a model that includes the hyperfine structure of the relevant levels. With the addition of Rydberg dressing, quasisimultons may offer interesting prospects for strong photon-photon interactions in a robust environment.

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Creator: Potvliege, Robert 1
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Ogden, Thomas P. 1
Whittaker, K.A. 1
Keaveney, J. 1
Adams, C.S. 1
Wrathmall, S.A. 1
1 Durham University
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Durham University
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The data was used to create panel (a) of fig. 2 in our paper. First column: power; Second column: time; Third column: signal.
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Change in transmission
Quasisimultons
Effects of atomic coherence on light propagation
Light-matter interaction
Nonlinear optics
Quantum optics
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doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.243604
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doi:10.15128/r27d278t040
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User N. Syrotiuk has updated Experimental data for panel (a) of Fig. 2 of T P Ogden et al, "Quasisimultons in Thermal Atomic Vapors", Physical Review Letters 123, 243604 (2019) (change in transmission). 28 days ago
User N. Syrotiuk has updated Experimental data for panel (a) of Fig. 2 of T P Ogden et al, "Quasisimultons in Thermal Atomic Vapors", Physical Review Letters 123, 243604 (2019) (change in transmission). 28 days ago