Abstract

We demonstrate how the orientation of the Rb cell can significantly affect the intensity and spectral characteristics of both the frequency up- and downconverted fields generated by nonlinear processes in Rb vapor. The efficiency of parametric wave mixing in Rb vapor excited to the 5D5/2 level by two-color resonant laser light can be significantly increased by seeding the excitation region with coherent and directional radiation at 5.23 μm, which is resonant with the population inverted 6P3/25D5/2 transition. It is shown that the process of velocity-insensitive two-photon excitation is central to understanding the observed coherent blue and mid-IR light enhancements, and that velocity-insensitive and velocity-selective two-photon excitations could produce two co-existing but spectrally and spatially distinguishable mid-IR fields at 5.23 μm.

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