multilevel systems, 2-photon resonance, vibrational levels, 3-state systems, 3-level system, driven, pulses, constants, motion, beams
We present a remarkable analytic result which suggests that a continuum can be used as an intermediary for a significant transfer of population from one discrete state to another discrete state in a stimulated Raman transition. the population transfer is accomplished by employing two laser pulses that overlap in time, arranged in the so-called counterintuitive order. That a continuum can be used for population transfer is shown here for the first time. It promises to open up more channels for selective coherent excitation of atoms or molecules.
Carroll, C. E. and Hioe, Foek T. (1992). "Coherent Population Transfer via the Continuum." Physical Review Letters 68.24, 3523-3526.
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