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Detailed Look at Aspects of Optical Pumping in Sodium

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Author(s)

Jabez J. McClelland, Michael H. Kelley

Abstract

Calculations and measurements are presented of the increase in F-bar=1 ground-state population as a function of incident laser intensity in optically pumped sodium. The calculations involve numerical integration of a multilevel version of the optical Bloch equations. Agreement between experiment and theory is good when proper account is taken of the residual Doppler width in the atomic beam, which causes a larger increase in the F-bar=1 population. The F-bar=1 population increases by 3.5% at 35 mW/cm2, the highest laser intensity investigated.
Citation
Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics)
Volume
31
Issue
6

Citation

McClelland, J. and Kelley, M. (1985), Detailed Look at Aspects of Optical Pumping in Sodium, Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics) (Accessed May 19, 2024)

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Created December 31, 1984, Updated October 12, 2021