A thin atomic vapor as a nonlinear optical medium

B. Ai*, D. S. Glassner, R. J. Knize, J. P. Partanen

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We demonstrate efficient degenerate four-wave mixing in a 10 μm cell of cesium atomic vapor using resonant light. This thin atomic vapor can be utilized for processing high resolution images in a joint transform optical correlator. A figure of merit is presented showing that thin atomic vapors can perform optical correlation of images using fewer photons than other materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)951-953
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1994
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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