Observation of Large Kerr Nonlinearity at Low Light Intensities Article

cited authors

  • Kang, H; Zhu, Y

fiu authors


  • We report an experimental observation of large Kerr nonlinearity with vanishing linear susceptibilities in coherently prepared four-level rubidium atoms. Quantum coherence and interference manifested by electromagnetically induced transparency suppress the linear susceptibilities and greatly enhance the nonlinear susceptibilities at low light intensities. The measured Kerr nonlinearity is comparable in magnitude to the linear dispersion in a simple two-level system and is several orders of magnitude greater than the Kerr nonlinearity of a conventional three-level scheme under similar conditions. © 2003 The American Physical Society.

publication date

  • August 26, 2003

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  • 91


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