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  • Vol. 3, Iss. 6 — Dec. 1, 1978
  • pp: 218–220

Coherent trapping of atomic populations

H. R. Gray, R. M. Whitley, and C. R. Stroud, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 3, Issue 6, pp. 218-220 (1978)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.3.000218


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Abstract

It is often desirable in laser spectroscopy and isotope separation to extract as much as possible of an atomic or molecular population that is distributed among a number of ground-state sublevels and low-lying metastable levels. We describe a form of coherent trapping that occurs when multiple resonant laser beams are used to couple the various ground states to a common upper level. This effect prevents the extraction of the entire population. We then study the effect with two dye lasers and an atomic beam and suggest possible ways to maximize the pumping efficiency.

© 1978 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: August 31, 1978
Published: December 1, 1978

Citation
H. R. Gray, R. M. Whitley, and C. R. Stroud, "Coherent trapping of atomic populations," Opt. Lett. 3, 218-220 (1978)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-3-6-218

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