Optics and Spectroscopy

, Volume 123, Issue 1, pp 139–145 | Cite as

The effect of electromagnetically induced transparency in a potassium nanocell

  • A. Sargsyan
  • A. Amiryan
  • C. Leroy
  • T. A. Vartanyan
  • D. Sarkisyan
Nonlinear and Quantum Optics


The effect of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) has been experimentally implemented for the first time for the (4S 1/2–4P 1/2–4S 1/2) Λ-system of potassium atom levels in a nanocell with a 770-nm-thick column of atomic vapor. It is shown that, at such a small thickness of the vapor column, the EIT resonance can be observed only when the coupling-laser frequency is in exact resonance with the frequency of the corresponding atomic transition. The EIT resonance disappears even if the coupling-laser frequency differs slightly (by ~50 MHz) from that of the corresponding atomic transition, which is due to the high thermal velocity of K atoms. The EIT resonance and related velocity selective optical pumping resonances caused by optical pumping (formed by the coupling) can be simultaneously recorded because of the small (~462 MHz) hyperfine splitting of the lower 4S 1/2 level.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Sargsyan
    • 1
  • A. Amiryan
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Leroy
    • 2
  • T. A. Vartanyan
    • 3
  • D. Sarkisyan
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Physical ResearchNational Academy of Sciences of ArmeniaAshtarak-2Armenia
  2. 2.Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne, UMR CNRS 6303Université de Bourgogne–Franche-ComtéDijonFrance
  3. 3.ITMO UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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