Complete atomic orientation via linearly polarized optical pumping

Y. Nafcha, S. Whitman, D. Albeck, M. Rosenbluh

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The population of a nearly degenerate set of Zeeman sublevels can be concentrated in a single extremum quantum state of the set, using a naval optical pumping scheme. A linearly polarized laser simultaneously interacting with all the states can totally populate one of the two extremum states, depending on the detuning of the laser frequency from resonance. The observation of total atomic orientation and its dependence on laser polarization and applied magnetic field are demonstrated for the {F; mF} = {4; -4} ground state of Cs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 1992

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Funding Information:
This research was supported in part by a Grant from the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development. We are grateful to Prof. T. Hansch for useful suggestions.


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