The lifetime of the atomic cesium 52D5/2 state was measured with time-correlated single-photon counting spectroscopy. Ground-state cesium atoms were excited with a diode laser by use of an electric quadrupole transition. Analysis of the exponential decay of the cascade photons from the 62P3/2 state yields a 52D5/2 lifetime of 1225(12) ns.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 25, 1995
Published: January 1, 1996
B. Hoeling, J. R. Yeh, T. Takekoshi, and R. J. Knize, "Measurement of the lifetime of the atomic cesium 52D5/2 state with diode-laser excitation," Opt. Lett. 21, 74-76 (1996)