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Thomas Pohl

Electromagnetically induced transparency in strongly interacting Rydberg gases

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  • C. Ates
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  • S. Sevincli, Max Planck Inst Phys Komplexer Syst, Max Planck Society
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  • T. Pohl

We develop an efficient Monte Carlo approach to describe the optical response of cold three-level atoms in the presence of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) and strong atomic interactions. In particular, we consider a Rydberg-EIT medium where one involved level is subject to large shifts due to strong van der Waals interactions with surrounding Rydberg atoms. Agreement with much more involved quantum calculations is excellent, demonstrating its applicability over a wide range of densities and interaction strengths. The calculations show that nonlinear absorption due to Rydberg-Rydberg atom interactions exhibits universal behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Article number041802
JournalPhysical Review A
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

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