The observations of anomalous emission near the D1 transition of a dense (>or=1014 cm-3) sodium vapour illuminated by a laser detuned to the blue with respect to the D2 transition is studied and reported. A discussion of existing models is presented. The authors propose a type of parametric down-conversion process to explain this emission. This process involves a laser photon splitting into two photons by the three-level system of sodium, assisted by a magnetic dipole transition.
|Journal||Journal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics