Ultralow-power nonlinear optics using tapered optical fibers in metastable xenon
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Citation of Original PublicationT. B. Pittman, D. E. Jones, and J. D. Franson, Ultralow-power nonlinear optics using tapered optical fibers in metastable xenon, Phys. Rev. A 88, 053804 (2013), DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.88.053804
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We demonstrate nanowatt-level saturated absorption using a subwavelength diameter tapered optical fiber (TOF) suspended in a gas of metastable xenon atoms. This ultralow-power nonlinearity is enabled by a small optical mode area propagating over a relatively long distance through the Xe gas. The use of inert noble gases in these kinds of TOF experiments may offer practical advantages over the use of reactive alkali-metal vapors, such as rubidium.