Atomic beam techniques in a rubidium vapour cell

Vale, Christopher John (2000) Atomic beam techniques in a rubidium vapour cell. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


This thesis presents a study on the realisation of a usable rubidium atomic beam inside a sealed vapour cell. A velocity selective optical pumping scheme was implemented to enable the detection of atoms of a particular velocity class travelling between two separated laser beams. This represents a new spectroscopic technique, the usefulness of which has been demonstrated through its applications. In the present work, the vapour cell atomic beam has been used to measure Larmor precession of polarised atoms in a magnetic field and one-dimensional laser cooling.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0205 Optical Physics
Keywords Rubidium, Atomic beams, laser diodes, spectroscopy, Larmor precesssion
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