Velocity-tuned resonances between different ground-state sublevels in two [Formula Presented] and [Formula Presented] polarized) standing waves

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We demonstrate the existence of velocity-tuned (Doppleron) resonances in two [Formula Presented]- and [Formula Presented]-polarized standing waves, between the two ground-state sublevels of a [Formula Presented]-type system. We derive the resonance conditions, and the properties of these resonances. We show that fast population transfer between these states may take place, while excited atomic states are only marginally populated. We derive an interesting dependence of the transfer time on the relative spatial phase of the two standing waves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1472-1480
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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