Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Lectures on LightNonlinear and Quantum Optics using the Density Matrix$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stephen C. Rand

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757450

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757450.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 07 December 2021

Transient Optical Response

Transient Optical Response

Chapter:
(p.83) 4 Transient Optical Response
Source:
Lectures on Light
Author(s):

Stephen C. Rand

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757450.003.0004

Chapter 4 treats the three most important coherent optical transient phenomena using primarily the Bloch vector model. One section is devoted to each effect: nutation, free induction decay, and the photon echo. Through this, the idea that steady-state response to light develops slowly, on a timescale set by inertia in the atom–field interaction, is introduced. Nutation is considered both with and without damping. In the last section, three possible approaches to describing the photon echo are briefly compared to gain perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of algebraic echo analysis, rotation matrix multiplication, or density matrix methodology. By the end of this chapter the reader is prepared for the remaining chapters in which the density matrix approach is used exclusively to calculate the effects of light on a wide variety of systems.

Keywords:   coherent optical transients, nutation, damping, free induction decay, photon echo, density matrix, rotation matrix, algebraic echo analysis, Bloch vector model

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .