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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 1998
  • pp: 4834–4839

Noninvasive magnetometry based on magnetic rotation spectroscopy of oxygen

Robert J. Brecha  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 21, pp. 4834-4839 (1998)

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An experimental demonstration of a noninvasive optical probe of magnetic fields is presented. The technique used is magnetic rotation spectroscopy of the b1Σ g + - X3Σ g - band of oxygen near 760 nm. Ambient concentrations of oxygen at atmospheric pressure are sufficient to observe substantial signals. In addition, a diode laser is used as the light source, making this a simple and compact measurement possibility.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.7490) Atomic and molecular physics : Zeeman effect
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors
(300.6260) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, diode lasers

Original Manuscript: October 27, 1997
Revised Manuscript: March 26, 1998
Published: July 20, 1998

Robert J. Brecha, "Noninvasive magnetometry based on magnetic rotation spectroscopy of oxygen," Appl. Opt. 37, 4834-4839 (1998)

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