Optical pumping to the 6s5d states in atomic barium

Academic Article


  • 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. © 1986 The American Physical Society.
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    Author List

  • Myers EG; Bell CJ; Pappas PG; Murnick DE
  • Start Page

  • 2798
  • End Page

  • 2800
  • Volume

  • 33
  • Issue

  • 4