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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2013
  • pp: 974–976

Diffusive suppression of AC-Stark shifts in atomic magnetometers

I. A. Sulai, R. Wyllie, M. Kauer, G. S. Smetana, R. T. Wakai, and T. G. Walker  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 6, pp. 974-976 (2013)

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In atomic magnetometers, the vector AC-Stark shift associated with circularly polarized light generates spatially varying effective magnetic fields, which limit the magnetometer response and serve as sources of noise. We describe a scheme whereby optically pumping a small subvolume of the magnetometer cell and relying on diffusion to transport polarized atoms allows a magnetometer to be operated with minimal sensitivity to the AC-Stark field.

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OCIS Codes
(020.6580) Atomic and molecular physics : Stark effect
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(350.0350) Other areas of optics : Other areas of optics
(170.2655) Medical optics and biotechnology : Functional monitoring and imaging

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: December 21, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 7, 2013
Published: March 14, 2013

I. A. Sulai, R. Wyllie, M. Kauer, G. S. Smetana, R. T. Wakai, and T. G. Walker, "Diffusive suppression of AC-Stark shifts in atomic magnetometers," Opt. Lett. 38, 974-976 (2013)

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