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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2011
  • pp: 543–546

Radiative lifetime measurements on odd-parity levels of La I by time-resolved laser spectroscopy

Yanyan Feng, Wei Zhang, Bo Kuang, Lele Ning, Zhankui Jiang, and Zhenwen Dai  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 28, Issue 3, pp. 543-546 (2011)

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Radiative lifetimes have been reported for 32 odd-parity levels of neutral lanthanum using a time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence technique in an atomic beam produced by laser ablation. The energies of these levels are in the range of 23,874 to 37,982 cm 1 . Among the measured results, to the best of our knowledge, 23 lifetimes are reported for the first time. These lifetime values obtained in this paper, generally with uncertainties less than ± 10 % , are in the range of 7.3 to 247 ns . These results are in good agreement with previously reported data within the experimental errors.

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OCIS Codes
(300.2530) Spectroscopy : Fluorescence, laser-induced
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic
(300.6500) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, time-resolved

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Original Manuscript: November 19, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 14, 2011
Published: February 28, 2011

Yanyan Feng, Wei Zhang, Bo Kuang, Lele Ning, Zhankui Jiang, and Zhenwen Dai, "Radiative lifetime measurements on odd-parity levels of La I by time-resolved laser spectroscopy," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 543-546 (2011)

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