Resonance fluorescence and resonance raman scattering: Lifetimes in molecular iodine

P. F. Williams, D. L. Rousseau, S. H. Dworetsky

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We report a significantly shortened scattering lifetime in molecular iodine when the frequency of a single-mode 5145-ÂA incident laser is tuned away from resonance with a discrete transition. This observation of a shortened scattering time is indicative of what has been conventionally called a Raman process. Off-resonance lifetime measurements, as reported here, may provide a means of determining the relative contribution to the absorption linewidth of homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-199
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1974
Externally publishedYes


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