Coherent population trapping via a continuum with a train of ultrashort pulses
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We consider the coherent population trapping effect with a train of ultrashort pulses in a -type system with two bound states and a continuum replacing the upper state. Population transfer to the continuum can be totally suppressed provided that the splitting between the bound states is a multiple of the pulse repetition rate. Compared to the traditional case with only two laser fields coupling the bound states to the continuum, CPT with a pulse train allows one to avoid incoherent population losses due to interaction of the fields with "wrong" transitions, which results in only partial suppression of ionization. A method of suppression of excited-state absorption of pumping radiation in laser crystals, with pumping in the form of the pulse train, is proposed. As a particular example pumping dynamics of a Ti3+: YAlO3 crystal using this technique is numerically analyzed. 2006 The American Physical Society.