Theory of pump-probe spectroscopy

Galina Khitrova, Paul R. Berman, Murray Sargent

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We calculate the two-level pump-probe absorption coefficient including both upper-to-lower-level decay and level decays to a still lower-lying reservoir level. The probe-absorption profile can have arbitrary ratios of the natural linewidth and detuning to the Doppler width. We observe and explain new line-shape features that occur when the two main levels decay to the reservoir level at different rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-170
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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