Abstract

We report the observation of the interferometric response in parametric four-wave mixing in rubidium atoms excited by a pair of ultrashort pulses. For pulses with orthogonal polarizations and in the presence of the two-photon transition 5S–5D reveals a one-photon quantum interference, in contrast to the optical interference observed when the pulses have parallel polarization. For opposite circular polarizations no interference is observed in the fluorescence of the two-photon transition, in contrast to the one- and two-photon interferences exhibited in the nonlinear process.

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