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Doppler- and recoil-free laser excitation of Rydberg states via three-photon transitions

Authors
  • Ryabtsev, I. I.
  • Beterov, I. I.
  • Tretyakov, D. B.
  • Entin, V. M.
  • Yakshina, E. A.
Type
Published Article
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2011
Submission Date
Oct 04, 2011
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.84.053409
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

Three-photon laser excitation of Rydberg states by three different laser beams can be arranged in a star-like geometry that simultaneously eliminates the recoil effect and Doppler broadening. Our analytical and numerical calculations for a particular laser excitation scheme 5S_{1/2}->5P_{3/2}->6S_{1/2}->nP in Rb atoms have shown that compared to the one- and two-photon laser excitation this approach provides much narrower line width and longer coherence time for both cold atom samples and hot vapors, if the intermediate one-photon resonances of the three-photon transition are detuned by more than respective single-photon Doppler widths. This method can be used to improve fidelity of Rydberg quantum gates and precision of spectroscopic measurements in Rydberg atoms.

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