Directional coherent light via intensity-induced sideband emission. Academic Article uri icon


  • We introduce a unique technique for generating directional coherent emissions that could be utilized to create coherent sources in a wide range of frequencies from the extreme ultraviolet (XUV) to the deep infrared. This is accomplished without population inversion by pumping a two-level system with a far-detuned strong optical field that induces the splitting of the two-level system. A nonlinear process of four-wave mixing then occurs across the split system, driving coherent emission at sidebands both red- and blue-detuned from the pump frequency, and propagates both forward and backward along the pump beam path. We observed this phenomenon in dense rubidium vapor along both the D1 and D2 transitions. The sideband emission exhibits a short pulse duration (<1ns) with threshold-like behavior dependent on both the pump intensity and Rb vapor density. This technique offers a new capability for manipulating the emission frequency simply through intensity-induced atomic modulation that can be scaled to most frequency regimes using various atomic/molecular ensembles and pump energies.

published proceedings

  • Light Sci Appl

altmetric score

  • 2.95

author list (cited authors)

  • Traverso, A. J., O'Brien, C., Hokr, B. H., Thompson, J. V., Yuan, L., Ballmann, C. W., ... Yakovlev, V. V.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Traverso, Andrew J||O'Brien, Chris||Hokr, Brett H||Thompson, Jonathan V||Yuan, Luqi||Ballmann, Charles W||Svidzinsky, Anatoly A||Petrov, Georgi I||Scully, Marlan O||Yakovlev, Vladislav V

publication date

  • January 2017