QUANTUM ELECTRONICS, vol.44, no.11, pp.1071-1076, 2014 (SCI-Expanded)
We have detected and analysed narrow high-contrast coherent population trapping (CPT) resonances, which are induced in absorption of a weak monochromatic probe light beam by counterpropagating two-frequency pump radiation in a cell with rarefied caesium vapour. The experimental investigations have been performed by the example of nonclosed three level L-systems formed by spectral components of the D-2 line of caesium atoms. The applied method allows one to analyse features of the CPT phenomenon directly at a given low long-lived level of the selected L-system even in sufficiently complicated spectra of atomic gases with large Doppler broadening. We have established that CPT resonances in transmission of the probe beam exhibit not only a higher contrast but also a much lesser width in comparison with well-known CPT resonances in transmission of the corresponding two-frequency pump radiation. The results obtained can be used in selective photo-physics, photochemistry and ultra-high resolution atomic (molecular) spectroscopy.