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Microwave transitions and nonlinear magneto-optical rotation in anti-relaxation-coated cells

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Author(s)

D Budker, Leo W. Hollberg, Derek F. Kimball, John E. Kitching, S Pustelny, V V. Yashchuk

Abstract

Using laser optical pumping, widths and frequency shifts are determined for microwave transitions between ground-state hyperfine components of {8s}Rb and d{87}Rb atoms contained in vapor cells with alkane anti-relaxation coatings. The results are compared with data on Zeeman relaxation obtained in nonlinear magneto-optical rotation (NMOR) experiments, a comparison important for quantitative understanding of spin-relaxation mechanisms in coated cells. By comparing cells manufactured over a forty-year period we demonstrate the long-term stability of coated cells, an important property for atomic clocks and magnetometers.
Citation
Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics)
Volume
71

Keywords

atomic clock, hyperfine relaxation, magnetometer, wall coatings, Zeeman relaxation

Citation

Budker, D. , Hollberg, L. , Kimball, D. , Kitching, J. , Pustelny, S. and Yashchuk, V. (2005), Microwave transitions and nonlinear magneto-optical rotation in anti-relaxation-coated cells, Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics), [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=50054 (Accessed June 25, 2024)

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Created January 27, 2005, Updated February 17, 2017