Very efficient stable optical pumping of an argon metastable atom beam is achieved using a frequency-modulated multimode dye laser. Frequency modulation is accomplished by rapidly oscillating the laser output coupler using a piezoelectric translator. This technique appears attractive for use in optically pumping a wide variety of atomic species.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 10, 1986
Published: July 1, 1986
J. G. Lynn, M. W. Hart, T. H. Jeys, and F. B. Dunning, "Optical pumping of rare-gas metastable atom beams with a frequency-modulated multimode dye laser," Appl. Opt. 25, 2154-2157 (1986)