Quantum correlated light beams from non-degenerate four-wave mixing in an atomic vapor: the D1 and D2 lines of Rb-85 and Rb-87

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We present experimental results showing that quantum correlated light can be produced using non-degenerate, off-resonant, four-wave mixing (4WM) on both the D1 (795 nm) and D2 (780 nm) lines of Rb-85 and Rb-87, extending earlier work on the D1 line of Rb-85. Using this 4WM process in a hot vapor cell to produce bright twin beams, we characterize the degree of intensity-difference noise reduction below the standard quantum limit for each of the four systems. Although each system approximates a double-lambda configuration, differences in details of the actual level structure lead to varying degrees of noise reduction. The observation of quantum correlations on light produced using all four of these systems, regardless of their substructure, suggests that it should be possible to use other systems with similar level structures in order to produce narrow frequency, non-classical beams at a particular wavelength. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16722-16730
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009