Refractive index measurements by probe-beam deflection

  • G. T. Purves
  • G. Jundt
  • C. S. Adams
  • I. G. HughesEmail author


Two deflection techniques for the measurement of the dispersive properties of an optical medium have been implemented. Prismatic deflection is used to measure the dispersion of a medium exhibiting Electromagnetically Induced Transparency (EIT) with the \(\rm 5S_{1/2}-5P_{3/2}-5D\) cascade system in 85Rb and 87Rb. In addition, the dispersion associated with a saturated absorption and hyperfine pumping spectrum is measured by deflection due to a spatial inhomogeneity of the refractive index induced by an expanded Gaussian-profile pump beam.


Refractive Index Saturated Absorption Pump Beam Index Measurement 87Rb 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. T. Purves
    • 1
  • G. Jundt
    • 1
  • C. S. Adams
    • 1
  • I. G. Hughes
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Rochester BuildingUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK

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