After the discovery of electromagnetically induced absorption (EIA), both theoretical and experimental research was performed to explain not only the probe laser absorption and dispersion spectra, but also those of the coupling laser. The investigations of EIA in degenerate two-level systems have often been realized using two linearly polarized lasers of orthogonal polarization [1]. However, the simplest configuration leading to EIA is the so-called N-system [2] which basically requires the simultaneous adoption of a circularly polarized coupling laser and a linearly polarized probe (here called σ−π). To our knowledge, no experimental measurements of the coupling laser exist in the configurations (σ+−σ, π−σ or σ+−π).

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