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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 25 — Dec. 6, 2010
  • pp: 25494–25508

Nonlinear magneto-optical rotation in the presence of a radio-frequency field

T. Zigdon, A. D. Wilson-Gordon, S. Guttikonda, E. J. Bahr, O. Neitzke, S. M. Rochester, and D. Budker  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 25, pp. 25494-25508 (2010)

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We report measurements of nonlinear magneto-optical rotation (NMOR) for the D2 line of 87Rb atoms in an antirelaxation-coated vapor cell in the presence of a radio-frequency (rf) field. The experimental NMOR signals as a function of rf field frequency for various rf field powers are compared to a theoretical model based on the density-matrix formalism. The comparison between experiment and theory enables understanding of the ground-state atomic spin polarization dynamics, illustrated using plots of the probability distribution of the atomic angular momentum.

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OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(020.3690) Atomic and molecular physics : Line shapes and shifts
(020.7490) Atomic and molecular physics : Zeeman effect

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: August 18, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 25, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 30, 2010
Published: November 22, 2010

T. Zigdon, A. D. Wilson-Gordon, S. Guttikonda, E. J. Bahr, O. Neitzke, S. M. Rochester, and D. Budker, "Nonlinear magneto-optical rotation in the presence of a radio-frequency field," Opt. Express 18, 25494-25508 (2010)

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