Complete Doppler coverage in laser optical pumping by wall-induced velocity-changing collisions

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  • Enhanced Doppler coverage has been observed in the laser-induced optical pumping of low-density rubidium vapor in the absence of any buffer gas. Transient and steady-state measurements show that this enhancement arises from velocity-changing collisions (VCC's) of rubidium atoms with the walls of the cell containing the vapor. Wall-induced VCC's offer a possible mechanism for increasing the efficiency with which atomic and nuclear polarization may be produced with lasers. © 1986 The American Physical Society.
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  • Holbrow CH; Ghosh AP; Heinzen D; Zhu X; Quivers WW; Shimkaveg G; Pappas PG; Thomas JE; Feld MS
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  • 2477
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  • 2479
  • Volume

  • 34
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  • 3