Stark mixing spectroscopy in cesium

Peter Zimmermann, Theodore W. Ducas, Michael G. Littman, Daniel Kleppner

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We present a new technique for selectively populating excited states which are inaccessible by dipole excitation from the ground state. The method uses a static electric field to introduce a component of a dipole-allowed state into the state of interest. We have applied the method to cesium to measure lifetimes and a Stark mixing coefficient. The results are τ(62D 5 2)=64(2) ns, τ(72D 5 2)=92.5(15) ns, and <62D 5 2|;ez |72P 3 2>/(E7P-E6D)=0.7(3)×10-3 where is in kV/cm. 141.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-201
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1974
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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