Abstract

We theoretically investigate the nonresonant two-photon absorption (TPA) process in a two-level atom induced by a weak chirped pulse in the frequency domain. According to the extremum condition of the two-photon transition probability (TPTP) at the transition center frequency, we propose a Fresnel-inspired pulse tailoring scheme for TPA that is significantly different from that of Broers et al. [Phys. Rev. A 46, 2749 (1992)]. Using this scheme, the TPTP can be focused or eliminated completely by constructively or destructively modulating various pathways of the quantum interference. Our results are a significant improvement on those obtained by Broers et al. and will have potential applications in selective two-photon microscopy and spectroscopy.

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