Optical pumping via incoherent Raman transitions

A. D. Boozer, R. Miller, T. E. Northup, A. Boca, H. J. Kimble

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Abstract

An optical pumping scheme is presented that uses incoherent Raman transitions to prepare a trapped cesium atom in a specific Zeeman state within the 6 S1/2, F=3 hyperfine manifold. An important advantage of this scheme over existing optical pumping schemes is that the atom can be prepared in any of the F=3 Zeeman states. We describe an experimental implementation of the scheme and show that a fraction 0.57±0.02 of the total population can be prepared in the desired state, with the remaining population distributed fairly uniformly among the six other states. We demonstrate the scheme in the context of cavity quantum electrodynamics, but the technique is equally applicable to a wide variety of atomic systems with hyperfine ground-state structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number063401
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume76
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 3 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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