Sol-gel coated glass cells for spin-exchange polarized 3He

Ming F. Hsu, G. D. Cates, I. Kominis, Ilhan A. Aksay, D. M. Dabbs

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We have developed a high-purity sol-gel coating for the interior surface of glass cells used for polarizing 3He by spin-exchange optical pumping. The coating is designed to minimize spin relaxation due to wall collisions. A longitudinal spin-relaxation time T1 in a sol-gel coated Pyrex cell of 344 ± 8 h was achieved, the longest T1 we have ever recorded for a gaseous sample. Repeated trials indicated that the coating was quite robust. Results using an uncoated Pyrex cell were also quite good, although inferior to the performance of the coated cell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2069-2071
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 25 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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