Take a sneak peek at the new NIST.gov and let us know what you think!
(Please note: some content may not be complete on the beta site.).

View the beta site
NIST logo

Bookmark and Share

Laser spectroscopy: Comb-based measurement

Quantum interference can play an important role in laser spectroscopy of unresolved transitions. This has been observed at NIST in studying comb-based measurements of the D lines in the spectra of stable lithium isotopes. Improved resolution and accuracy of this comb-based measurement has helped to resolve the long-standing discrepancies that hampered stringent tests of few-electron atomic theory.

comb based measurement

(a) Can. J. Phys. 89:59-62 (2011): DOI:10.1139/P10-096
(b) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.023001
(c) http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DAMPO11/Event/147350