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Laser spectroscopy: Comb-based measurements

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

Created May 29, 2015, Updated August 25, 2016