Optical pumping to the 6s5d states in atomic barium

E. G. Myers, C. J. Bell, P. G. Pappas, D. E. Murnick

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Using a flow apparatus, the time dependence of 6s2 1S06s6p 1P1 (553.5 nm) resonance fluorescence in atomic barium has been studied following switch-on of cw laser excitation. It was found that the fluorescence decays with rates as great as 1.3×106 s-1. Assuming this can be ascribed to the pumping of atoms to the 6s5d 1D and D3 metastable levels, a value for the sum of the transition probabilities can be extracted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2798-2800
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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