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A Bell-Bloom experiment with polarization-modulated light of arbitrary duty cycle

Fescenko, Ilja ; Knowles, Paul E. ; Weis, Antoine ; Breschi, Evelina

In: Optics Express, 2013, vol. 21, no. 13, p. 15121–15130

We report on a study of polarization-modulation experiments on the 4 → 3 hyperfine component of the D₁ transition in Cs vapor contained in a paraffin-coated cell. The laser beam’s polarization was switched between left- and right-circular polarization at a rate of 200 Hz. Variations of the transmitted light power were recorded while varying the amplitude of a transverse magnetic... Plus

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    We report on a study of polarization-modulation experiments on the 4 → 3 hyperfine component of the D₁ transition in Cs vapor contained in a paraffin-coated cell. The laser beam’s polarization was switched between left- and right-circular polarization at a rate of 200 Hz. Variations of the transmitted light power were recorded while varying the amplitude of a transverse magnetic field. The power shows electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) resonances when the atomic Larmor frequency matches a harmonic of the modulation frequency. We made a quantitative study of the resonance amplitudes with square-wave modulations of various duty cycles, and find an excellent agreement with recent algebraic model predictions.