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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 1995
  • pp: 1192–1194

Lifetime of the metastable 6s′ [1/2]0 clock state in xenon

M. Walhout, U. Sterr, A. Witte, and S. L. Rolston  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 20, Issue 10, pp. 1192-1194 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.20.001192


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Abstract

To investigate the potential of a proposed optical frequency standard, we have measured the lifetime of the metastable 6s′ [1/2]0 state in xenon. Magneto-optically trapped xenon atoms were prepared in the 6s′ [1/2]0 state, and the time dependence of the vacuum-ultraviolet decay signature was analyzed. The total decay rate of 75(3) s−1 is the sum of a 7.8(38)-s−1 spontaneous emission rate (1−σ uncertainties) and a much larger deexcitation rate that is due to a transition driven by room-temperature blackbody radiation.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: January 17, 1995
Published: May 15, 1995

Citation
M. Walhout, U. Sterr, A. Witte, and S. L. Rolston, "Lifetime of the metastable 6s′ [1/2]0 clock state in xenon," Opt. Lett. 20, 1192-1194 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-20-10-1192

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