Control of coherent population transfer via spontaneous decay-induced coherence

Xihua Yang*, Shi Yao ZHU

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We investigate the effect of the spontaneous decay-induced coherence on the control of coherent population transfer in a closed double Λ -type four-level system with the energy separation of the excited doublet comparable to their decay rates by using the stimulated Raman adiabatic passage technique. It is shown that when the two pulse laser fields are tuned to the particular frequency where the condition for quantum interference is satisfied, remarkable enhancement or suppression of population transfer can be realized through the spontaneous emission constructive or destructive quantum interference even with a finite pulse area, which is very favorable to coherent population transfer in quantum systems with weak oscillator strengths.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063822
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2008

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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