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Dr Alexander Akoulchine


Projects: Atomic coherence

Office: EN126a

Telephone: +61 3 9214 4307

Fax: +61 3 9214 5160


    1998 PhD Lebedev Institute, Moscow, Russia
    1980 BSc Moscow State University, Russia

  • Senior Research Fellow in Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne (2003-present)
  • Research Fellow at School of Physics, The University of Melbourne (2000-2003)
  • Research Fellow at Frequency Standard Laboratory of Lebedev Physics Institute of Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia (1980-2002)
Visiting Positions
  • 1996, 1998, 1999 Visiting Professor, Montevideo University, Uruguay
  • 1995 Invited Professor, University Paris-Nord, France
  • 1995 Visiting Scientist, National Research Laboratory of Metrology, Tsukuba, Japan
  • 1992 Visiting Scientist at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • 1991 Visiting Scientist, Physikalische-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany
Prizes and Awards
  • 2004 Inaugural Basov Prize, Lebedev Physics Institute, Russia
  • 1984 Bronze Medal, All-Union Exhibition of Achievement of State Economy, USSR
Research Interests
I am Leader of the Atomic Coherence Project in the Centre for Atom Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy at SUT. My research interests focus on coherent effects in atomic media, such as low-intensity nonlinearity, frequency up conversion, slow and fast light, light storage, which are important not only for new optical field generation and possible applications for information processing but also for secure and higher-speed all-optical networks.

Further details are on our webpage


Book chapter

A.M. Akulshin, R.J. McLean, A.I. Sidorov, and P. Hannaford
Electromagnetically induced absorption and transparency due to long-lived Zeeman coherence
in New Trends in Quantum Coherence and Nonlinear Optics, Ed. R. Drampyan, (Nova, New York) vol. 263, 1-43 (2009).

Over 45 refereed research papers and 850 citations.

Selected publications in refereed journals
  • A.M. Akulshin, R.J. McLean, A.I. Sidorov, and P. Hannaford
    Collimated blue light generated by four-wave mixing in Rb vapour
    Optics Express 17, 22861-22870 (2009).

  • M. Vanner, R.J. McLean, P. Hannaford, and A.M. Akulshin
    Broadband optical delay with large dynamic range using atomic dispersion
    J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 41, 051004 (2007).

  • J. Fuchs, G.J. Duffy, W.J. Rowlands, P. Hannaford, and A.M. Akulshin
    Electromagnetically induced transparency and absorption due to optical and ground-state coherence in 6Li
    J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 40, 1117-1129 (2007).

  • A. Sargsyan, D. Sarkisyan, D. Stadter and A.M. Akulshin
    Doppler-free satellites of resonances of electromagnetically induced transparency and absorption on the D2 lines of alkali metals
    Optics and Spectroscopy 101, 762-768 (2006).

  • A. Lezama, A.M. Akulshin, A.I. Sidorov, and P. Hannaford
    Storage and retrieval of light pulses in atomic media with 'slow' and 'fast' light
    Phys. Rev. A 73, 033806 (2006).

  • A.M. Akulshin, A. Lezama, A.I. Sidorov, R.J. McLean and P. Hannaford
    'Storage of light' in an atomic medium using electromagnetically induced absorption
    J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., 38, L365-L374 (2005).

  • A. M. Akulshin, A. I. Sidorov, R. J. McLean, and P. Hannaford
    Enhanced atomic Kerr nonlinearity in bright coherent states
    J. Opt. B: Quantum Semiclass. Opt. 6, 491 (2004).

  • A. M. Akulshin, A. Cimmino, A. I. Sidorov, P. Hannaford, and G. I. Opat
    Light Propagation in an atomic medium with steep and sign-reversible dispersion
    Phys. Rev. A 67, 011801(R) (2003).

  • A.M. Akulshin, A. Cimmino, and G.I. Opat
    Negative group velocity of a light pulse in cesium vapour
    Quantum Electron. 32, 567 (2002).

  • A. Lezama, S. Barreiro, A. Lipsich, and A.M. Akulshin
    Coherent two-field spectroscopy of degenerate two-level system
    Phys. Rev. A 61, 013801 (2000).

  • A.M. Akulshin, S. Barreiro, and A. Lezama
    Highly selective four-wave mixing of low-intensity radiation in a degenerate two-level atomic system
    Quantum Electron. 30, 189 (2000).

  • A.M. Akulshin, S. Barreiro, and A. Lezama
    Steep anomalous dispersion in coherently prepared Rb vapor
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 4277-4280 (1999).

  • A. Lezama, S. Barreiro, and A.M. Akulshin
    Electromagnetically induced absorption
    Phys. Rev. A 59, 4732-4735 (1999).

  • A.M. Akulshin, S. Barreiro, and A. Lezama
    Electromagnetically induced absorption and transparency due to two-field excitation of quasidegenerate levels in Rb atoms
    Phys. Rev. A 57, 2996-3002 (1998).

  • K. Hagimoto, A. Akulshin, S. Ohshima, Y. Koga
    Stabilization of laser diode with an intracavity cesium cell
    Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 36, 7212 (1997).

  • W. Wang, A.M. Akulshin, and M. Ohtsu
    Pump-probe spectroscopy in potassium by using an AlGaAs laser and the second harmonic generation of an InGaAsP laser for frequency stabilization and link
    IEEE Photon. Tech. Lett. 6, 95-97 (1994).

  • A.M. Akulshin, A.A. Celikov, and V.L. Velichansky
    Nonliner Doppler-free spectroscopy of the 6P state in barium
    Optics Commun. 93, 54-58 (1992).

  • A.M. Akulshin, A.A. Celikov and V.L. Velichansky
    Sub-natural absorption resonances on the D1 line of Rb induced by coherent population trapping
    Optics Commun. 84, 139 (1991).

  • A.M. Akulshin, A.A. Celikov, V.A. Sautenkov, T.A. Vartanjan, and V.L. Velichansky
    Intensity and concentation dependence of Doppler-free resonance in selective reflection
    Optics Commun. 85, 21-25 (1991).

  • A.M. Akulshin, V.A. Sautenkov, V.L. Velichansky, A.S. Zibrov, M.V. Zverkov
    Power broadening of saturation absorption resonance on the D2 line of rubidium
    Optics Commun. 77, 295-298 (1990).

  • A.M. Akulshin, V.L. Velichansky, A.Zherdev, A.S. Zibrov, V.I. Malachova, V.V. Nikitin, V.A. Sautenkov, G.G. Kharisov
    Selective reflection from a glass-gas interface at high angles of incidence of light
    Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 19, 416-419 (1989).

  • A.M. Akulshin, V.L. Velichansky, A.S. Zibrov, V.V. Nikitin, V.A. Sautenkov, E.K. Yurkin, and N.V. Senkov
    Collisional broadening of intra-Doppler resonances of selective reflection on the D2 line of Cesium
    JETP Lett. 36, 303-307 (1982).