Resonant nonlinear refraction of light in CO and gas

Academic Article


  • The resonant nonlinear refraction of light in CO and gas at a peak intensity of was demonstrated using time- and frequency-resolved measurements of self-focusing and self-defocusing. The nonlinearity of these molecular gases exhibits intensity-dependent sign reversals and a response time. A change from self-focusing to self-defocusing or vice versa was observed to occur for Rabi frequencies that are comparable to the collisional linewidth. A density matrix model for the nonlinear susceptibility of a strongly driven two-level system provides a qualitative explanation for these results.
  • Published In

  • Physical Review A  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 17955307
  • Author List

  • Pigeon JJ; Tovey D; Tochitsky SY; Louwrens GJ; Ben-Zvi I; Martyshkin D; Fedorov V; Karki K; Mirov S; Joshi C
  • Volume

  • 104
  • Issue

  • 4