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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Aug. 29, 2011
  • pp: 17002–17012

Excitation of Rydberg states in rubidium with near infrared diode lasers

Donald P. Fahey and Michael W. Noel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 17002-17012 (2011)

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A system of three external cavity diode lasers is used to excite Rydberg states in rubidium. The 5S→5P→5D transitions are driven using lasers with λ = 780 and 776 nm respectively. From the 5D state, atoms fluoresce down to the 6P state. The final transition to Rydberg levels is from the 6P state with laser light near λ = 1016 nm. The nS and nD Rydberg states are accessible directly and with the application of a modest electric field nP states can also be excited. As a test of this system, Stark spectra are collected for nD and nP states.

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OCIS Codes
(020.5780) Atomic and molecular physics : Rydberg states
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: May 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 27, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 31, 2011
Published: August 16, 2011

Donald P. Fahey and Michael W. Noel, "Excitation of Rydberg states in rubidium with near infrared diode lasers," Opt. Express 19, 17002-17012 (2011)

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