Four-wave mixing with short temporally nonoverlapping pulses

A. D. Wilson-Gordon, H. Friedmann

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We predict that the four-wave mixing (FWM) excitation spectrum for a two-level system becomes extremely asymmetrical when steady-state excitation is replaced by pulsed excitation, using temporally nonoverlapping probe and pump pulses. We also show that when a resonant probe pulse precedes the detuned pump pulse, the FWM signal may become more intense than when the pulses overlap. These effects are attributed to free-induction decay (FID): the coherence induced in the two-level system by a short resonant probe pulse survives the pulse (FID) and replaces it in producing a strong nonlinear signal on interaction with the strong pump pulse. Moreover, by plotting the FWM signal intensity as a function of the delay between the probe and pump pulses, an efficient method is proposed for determining short transverse relaxation times or fast chemical reaction rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9651-9654
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number47
StatePublished - 19 Nov 1998


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