Nondegenerate parametric self-oscillation via multiwave mixing in coherent atomic media Academic Article uri icon


  • We demonstrate an efficient nonlinear process in which Stokes and anti-Stokes components are generated spontaneously in a multilevel medium coherently prepared by resonant, counterpropagating fields. A medium of this kind combines large nonlinear gain and efficient intrinsic feedback, thereby allowing for very weak optical fields to induce nonlinear processes. Mirrorless self-oscillation induced by microwatts of light power (nanojoules of pulse energy) is observed. 1999 The American Physical Society.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Zibrov, A. S., Lukin, M. D., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 136

complete list of authors

  • Zibrov, AS||Lukin, MD||Scully, MO

publication date

  • November 1999