Saturation effects on polarized-light-pulse propagation and the resultant laser-induced fluorescence

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We consider the nonlinear propagation of an intense short pulse of polarized light through a molecular medium with ground- and excited-state absorption, excited-state emission, and fluorescence from the excited state to the ground state and possibly to a lower-lying excited state. We incorporate the effects of saturation, field-induced alignment, and rotational diffusion of the molecules in the medium. Our approach uses a slowly varying envelope approximation for the light propagation and rate equations for the effective parallel and perpendicular (and higher-multipole) population components of the molecular states. The time dependence of the anisotropy of the fluorescence occurring after preparation of the medium by the intense short pulse is determined. We can treat propagation through an optically nonthin medium wherein the intensity of the pulse decreases while propagating through the medium. An example of a 100-ps pulse propagating through a sample of Rhodamine-6G is presented. We compare our method with others used to describe intense-short-pulse propagation in molecular media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-332
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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