Propagation of a few-cycle laser pulse in a V-type three-level system
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- Song, X., Gong, S. & Xu, Z. Opt. Spectrosc. (2005) 99: 517. doi:10.1134/1.2113361
Propagation of a few-cycle laser pulse in a V-type three-level system (fine structure levels of rubidium) is investigated numerically. The full three-level Maxwell-Bloch equations without the rotating wave approximation and the standing slowly varying envelope approximation are solved by using a finite-difference time-domain method. It is shown that, when the usual unequal oscillator strengths are considered, self-induced transparency cannot be recovered and higher spectral components can be produced even for small-area pulses.