Abstract

A nonperturbative treatment of the dynamical behavior of a vibronic system in a resonant, coherent, driving light field is developed. The potential energy surfaces for the vibrational motion in the electronic ground and excited state are assumed to be displaced and distorted relative to one another. A system of three integrodifferential equations is derived from the infinite set of density-matrix equations. Both approximate analytical and numerical solutions are presented for the intensity and the intensity-correlation function of the scattered light. The results are valid for arbitrary ratios of the Rabi frequency to the relaxation rates. A system with fast vibrational relaxation behaves as a two-level system. For systems with slow vibrational relaxation, the applicability of perturbation theory requires pump fields that are weaker than those of a two-level system. The Rabi oscillations occurring in a strong pump field are damped less than those of a two-level system, and the intensity substantially decreases. The long-time behavior (determined by the vibrational relaxation time) is characterized by the increase of the intensity toward its stationary value.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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