Rapid passage induced population transfer and coherences in the 8 micron spectrum of nitrous oxide

G. Duxbury, N. Langford, M. T. Mcculloch, S. Wright
2007 Molecular Physics  
Rapid passage induced population transfer and coherences in the 8 micron spectrum of nitrous oxide. Molecular Physics, Taylor Francis, 2007, 105 (05-07), pp. Abstract: Rapid passage signals showing the effects of molecular alignment have been observed when low pressure samples of nitrous oxide are interrogated by radiation from a pulsed 7.84 µm quantum cascade laser. These effects occur when the sweep rate of the laser through a Doppler broadened absorption line is much faster than the
more » ... r than the collisional relaxation time, and when the power density of the linearly polarised laser radiation is sufficient to cause optical pumping. Using a laser pulse of duration 1.3 microseconds, the frequency sweeps approximately 90 GHz. The variation of the laser tuning rate during the laser pulse, from about100 MHz/ns at the beginning to about 20 MHz/ns at the end, allows the relationship between sweep rate and collisional damping to be investigated. We show, by comparing the experimental signals with those calculated by coupled Maxwell-Bloch equations, how the rapid passage effects in nitrous oxide are influenced by the number density, transition cross-section and reorientation lifetime.
doi:10.1080/00268970601181549 fatcat:msorq7y4nrbhxpdxdksdxfh5mi