Physical Review A
A treatment of continuum states in the application of diagrammatic perturbation theory to calculate the signal produced in two-color resonant four-wave mixing (TC-RFWM) spectroscopy is developed. The third-order susceptibility is significantly modified from that obtained when considering only discrete states. To illustrate the contribution of continuum states, the line profile of a quasibound resonance arising from the configuration interaction of bound and continuum states is derived. Analytic expressions for line profiles are presented for two specific experimental implementations of TC-RFWM used in gas-phase spectroscopic studies. While the TC-RFWM line profiles are found to be very distinct from the line profiles measured in linear spectroscopic techniques, the results demonstrate the important capability to characterize the TC-RFWM line profiles in terms of the same fundamental and physically significant parameters.
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F. Di Teodoro and E.F. McCormack, Phys. Rev. A 57, 162 (1998).