Abstract

The effect of Zeeman coherence on phase conjugation is investigated in the saturation regime by using a nonperturbative analysis of resonant degenerate four-wave mixing with orthogonally polarized pump beams in a Λ-type homogeneously broadened three-level system. The dependence of the phase-conjugation efficiency on phase-interrupting collisions and pump imbalance is particularly studied. Significant phase-conjugate reflectivities can be obtained at pump intensities much below those required for a two-level system.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

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