Coherent Dynamics of the Localized Vibrational Modes of Hydrogen in CaF2

J. P R Wells, Chris W. Rella, Ian V. Bradley, Ian Galbraith, Carl R. Pidgeon

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We report the observation of giant quantum coherence effects in the localized modes of ionized hydrogen in synthetic fluorite. Infrared free induction decay experiments on the substitutional H center show dramatic modulations at negative delay times due to interference between multiple vibrational levels. Spectrally resolving the degenerate four wave mixing signal allows unambiguous assignments of the participating vibrational states. The dependence of the signal intensity upon the delay path between the exciting free electron laser pulses can be accounted for in terms of the resonant third order polarizalion with a common dephasing time for the excited states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4998-5001
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2000


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