Nonlinear optical polarization and relaxation phenomena in dilute gases

Abraham Ben-Reuven*, Lewis Klein

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The Kubo-Zwanzig-Fano relaxation method is extended to the problem of a homogeneous dilute system interacting with arbitrarily strong fields composed of several monochromatic modes, neglecting breakdown and spatial correlations. The Von Neumann equation for the density matrix is solved for classical fields, using a procedure in which the harmonics numbers are treated as the classical analog (in Liouville space) of the quantum fields occupation-number representation. This solution is adapted to the case where memory effects during the absorption or emission of a photon can be neglected. Two examples illustrate the method, which is generally applicable in such problems as saturation, double resonance, and frequency mixing involving the nonlinear response of independent molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-762
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1971
Externally publishedYes


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