Polarization dynamics in a resonant optical medium with initial coherence between degenerate states

Katherine A. Newhall, Gregor Kovačič, Ildar Gabitov

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Abstract

We investigate the polarization switching phenomenon for a one-soliton solution to the Λ-configuration Maxwell-Bloch equations in the case of initial coherence in the material, corresponding to the forbidden transition between the two lower energy levels. We find two polarization states that are stationary. They are not the purely right- and left-circularly polarized solitons, as in the case of zero initial coherence, but rather two mixed, elliptically po- larized, states. These polarization states, of which only one is asymptotically stable, depend on both the initial population levels of the lower states and the coherence value. We also find the existence of superluminal soliton propaga- tion, but through numerical simulations show this solution to be unstable, and therefore likely not realizable physically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2285-2301
Number of pages17
JournalDiscrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series S
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Dressing method
  • Maxwell-Bloch equations
  • Polarization switching
  • Solitons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Applied Mathematics

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