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Sample records for atomic vapour laser

  1. Laser optical pumping in Rb vapour-cell atomic clocks (Invited Paper)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mileti, Gaetano; Affolderbach, C.

    2005-04-01

    We discuss the basic physical principles of laser optical pumping double-resonance spectroscopy, which form the basis of state-of-the-art vapour-cell atomic frequency standards using laser optical pumping of Rb atoms. The main effects limiting the frequency stability of Rb vapour-cell atomic clocks are identified, and their impact on the development of high-performance frequency standars and their transfer from research laboratories to industry and space is discussed. As examples, the impact of the AC stark effect and the realated issue of laser frequency stabilisation are dealt with in more detail. The main features of the present state-of-the-art Rb atomic frequency standards will be illustrated using the example of the development of atomic clocks for satellite navigation and positioning systems (GPS, GLONAS, GALILEO, etc.) as well as some directions for further improvements that could overcome present day limitations. Such compact Rb clocks find their applications in, for example, telecommunications, local timekeeping and synchronisation, and space applications like satellite navigation and science missions. An overview of other, alternative clock schemes is given and critical issues for future developments towards further performance improvement or device miniaturisation in the field of vapour-cell atomic clocks are discussed.

  2. Light-shift suppression in laser optically pumped vapour-cell atomic frequency standards

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Affolderbach, C.; Andreeva, C.; Cartaleva, S.; Karaulanov, T.; Mileti, G.; Slavov, D.

    2005-06-01

    We present a novel scheme for reducing the AC Stark effect in optical-microwave double-resonance spectroscopy and its application for efficient suppression of the light-shift-related instabilities in laser-pumped gas-cell atomic clocks. The method uses a multi-frequency pump light field that can be easily produced by frequency modulation of the single-frequency pump laser. We show theoretically that variations of the light shift with both laser frequency and light intensity can be strongly suppressed with properly chosen pump light spectra. Suitable modulation parameters can be found for both the case of pure frequency modulation as well as for pump light spectra showing amplitude-modulation contributions, as usually found for current modulation of diode lasers. We experimentally demonstrate the method for a Rb atomic clock using a frequency-modulated distributed Bragg-reflector laser diode as pump light source.

  3. Nonlinear behaviour of atomic fluorescence in mercury vapours following double-resonance laser excitation

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    Omenetto, N.; Matveev, O. I.; Resto, W.; Badini, R.; Smith, B. W.; Winefordner, J. D.

    1994-04-01

    When mercury atoms, present with a buffer gas (N2 or Ar) in a quartz cell or in a graphite furnace are excited into the 73 S 1 level by means of two pulsed dye lasers tuned at 253.652 nm (61 S o → 63 P 1) and 435.835 nm (63 P 1 → 73 S 1), a laser-like, collimated emission is observed along the axis of the cell at the green mercury line (73 S 1 → 63 P 2), 546.074 nm). This radiation exhibits a pronounced non-linear dependence upon the number density of the mercury atoms in the cell. This behaviour is interpreted as being due to amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), which occurs as a result of the transient population inversion between the 7 s 3 S 1 and 6 p 3 P {2/o} levels. The parameters governing the population inversion can be deduced by applying a rate equation analysis to the atomic system. A time-resolved observation of both ASE and spontaneous fluorescence signals confirms the totally different characteristics of the two emission processes.

  4. Nonlinear behaviour of atomic fluorescence in mercury vapours following double-resonance laser excitation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Omenetto, N.; Matveev, O. I.; Resto, W.; Badini, R.; Smith, B. W.; Winefordner, J. D.

    1994-04-01

    When mercury atoms, present with a buffer gas (N2 or Ar) in a quartz cell or in a graphite furnace are excited into the 7(sup 3)S(sub 1) level by means of two pulsed dye lasers tuned at 253.652 nm (6(sup 1)S(sub 0) yields 6(sup 3)P(sub 1)) and 435.835 nm (6(sup 3)P(sub 1) yields 7(sup 3)S(sub 1)), a laser-like, collimated emission is observed along the axis of the cell at the green mercury line (7(sup 3)S(sub 1) yields 6(sup 3)P(sub 2)), 546.074 nm). This radiation exhibits a pronounced non-linear dependence upon the number density of the mercury atoms in the cell. This behaviour is interpreted as being due to amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), which occurs as a result of the transient population inversion between the 7s(sup 3)S(sub 1) and 6p(sup 3) P(sup 0)(sub 2) levels. The parameters governing the population inversion can be deduced by applying a rate equation analysis to the atomic system. A time-resolved observation of both ASE and spontaneous fluorescence signals confirms the totally different characteristics of the two emission processes.

  5. LASER APPLICATIONS AND OTHER TOPICS IN QUANTUM ELECTRONICS: Production of a highly enriched 176Yb isotope in weight amounts by the atomic-vapour laser isotope separation method

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Andreev, O. I.; Derzhiev, V. I.; Dyakin, V. M.; Egorov, A. G.; Mikhal'tsov, L. A.; Tarasov, V. A.; Tolkachev, A. I.; Toporov, Yu G.; Chaushanskii, S. A.; Yakovlenko, Sergei I.

    2006-01-01

    The production of a highly enriched 176Yb isotope in weight amounts by the atomic-vapour laser isotope separation method is reported. The content of 176Yb achieved in the experimental samples of the enriched material was 99%. For a commercial production of about 20 mg h-1, the concentration of this isotope is about 88% with about 5% of the 'harmful' isotope 174Yb. The experimental results may serve as the basis for the technology of obtaining 177Lu isotope for applications in modern nuclear medicine as a drug with a high specific activity.

  6. Production of a highly enriched {sup 176}Yb isotope in weight amounts by the atomic-vapour laser isotope separation method

    SciTech Connect

    Andreev, O I; Derzhiev, V I; Dyakin, V M; Egorov, A G; Mikhal'tsov, L A; Tarasov, V A; Tolkachev, A I; Toporov, Yu G; Chaushanskii, S A; Yakovlenko, Sergei I

    2006-01-31

    The production of a highly enriched {sup 176}Yb isotope in weight amounts by the atomic-vapour laser isotope separation method is reported. The content of {sup 176}Yb achieved in the experimental samples of the enriched material was 99%. For a commercial production of about 20 mg h{sup -1}, the concentration of this isotope is about 88% with about 5% of the 'harmful' isotope {sup 174}Yb. The experimental results may serve as the basis for the technology of obtaining {sup 177}Lu isotope for applications in modern nuclear medicine as a drug with a high specific activity. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  7. Copper and gold vapour lasers for spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Nasibov, A S; Mel'nik, N N; Ponomarev, I V; Romanko, S V; Topchii, S B; Obraztsov, A N; Bashtanov, M Yu; Krasnovskii, A A

    1998-05-31

    Topics relating to spectroscopic applications of a new generation of metal vapour lasers are discussed. These lasers are distinguished by a high efficiency, compact size, air cooling, and user friendliness. Practical results are given of an investigation of the Raman scattering of light in gallium phosphide, silicon, graphite, and diamond films directly during their growth, and also of the kinetics of two-photon absorption and photoluminescence of aqueous solutions of porphyrin. The pulsed nature of the radiation in combination with good energy and temporal parameters of metal vapour lasers are opening up new avenues for spectroscopic investigations of various fast processes, particularly in the cases of weak signals and strong parasitic illumination. (lasers and amplifiers)

  8. Collisional thulium vapour gas-discharge laser

    SciTech Connect

    Gerasimov, V A; Pavlinskii, A V

    2004-01-31

    A collisional laser on a system of atomic levels based on the principle proposed by Gould is built for the first time. The population of the upper laser level and relaxation of the lower level occur upon inelastic collisions of excited thulium atoms with helium atoms. The lower-level relaxation occurs in a reaction with an energy defect of > 13000 cm{sup -1}. (active media. lasers)

  9. Ultrafast vapourization dynamics of laser-activated polymeric microcapsules

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lajoinie, Guillaume; Gelderblom, Erik; Chlon, Ceciel; Böhmer, Marcel; Steenbergen, Wiendelt; de Jong, Nico; Manohar, Srirang; Versluis, Michel

    2014-04-01

    Precision control of vapourization, both in space and time, has many potential applications; however, the physical mechanisms underlying controlled boiling are not well understood. The reason is the combined microscopic length scales and ultrashort timescales associated with the initiation and subsequent dynamical behaviour of the vapour bubbles formed. Here we study the nanoseconds vapour bubble dynamics of laser-heated single oil-filled microcapsules using coupled optical and acoustic detection. Pulsed laser excitation leads to vapour formation and collapse, and a simple physical model captures the observed radial dynamics and resulting acoustic pressures. Continuous wave laser excitation leads to a sequence of vapourization/condensation cycles, the result of absorbing microcapsule fragments moving in and out of the laser beam. A model incorporating thermal diffusion from the capsule shell into the oil core and surrounding water reveals the mechanisms behind the onset of vapourization. Excellent agreement is observed between the modelled dynamics and experiment.

  10. Metal Vapour Ion Lasers: Kinetic Processes and Gas Discharges

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Little, Christopher E.

    1996-09-01

    Metal vapour ion lasers are a mature class of gas laser for which a number of applications has developed in recent years. This is the first book to appear in the English language on this topic, and concentrates on the physical processes which occur in the laser, in particular the kinetic processes which are responsible for the pumping of excited ion levels, and the production of population inversion. The most important types of electrical discharges used in this class of laser are discussed in detail, and all the major types of metal vapour ion laser are examined. A highly useful appendix tabulates all the known transitions used in metal vapour ion lasers. Metal Vapour Ion Lasers: Kinetic Processes and Gas Discharges provides a much needed review of this important field. It identifies current problem areas, and points to future research directions. It is an invaluable source for all those, both in industry and academia, working on the development or applications of metal vapour ion lasers, and for all those involved in gas laser research. It will also be of great interest to all those interested in the physics of gas discharges. The authors and translators have been involved with some of the key advances in the field over recent years.

  11. Mechanisms of vapour plume formation in laser deep penetration welding

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Brock, C.; Hohenstein, R.; Schmidt, M.

    2014-07-01

    We analysed the dynamic shape of the metal vapour plume during deep penetration laser welding by means of high speed imaging. Our studies show that besides the inclination also the elongation of the vapour plume is determined by the evaporation processes inside the keyhole. When welding stainless steel sheets, the shape of the vapour plume as well as the shape of its origin, the keyhole, significantly vary with laser power and feed rate settings in a consistent way. This rather deterministic relationship allows for estimating how evaporation is distributed along the keyhole surface in different welding regimes. Based on the evaluation of the high speed sequences and corresponding microsections we propose a model of the vapour plume formation. The model indicates that, depending on the keyhole shape, the generation of the vapour plume is either governed by the vapour formed at the bottom of the keyhole or by the vapour formed at the inclined front keyhole surface, resulting in a very different shape of the plume in each case.

  12. Copper bromide vapour laser with a pulse repetition rate up to 700 kHz

    SciTech Connect

    Nekhoroshev, V O; Fedorov, V F; Evtushenko, Gennadii S; Torgaev, S N

    2012-10-31

    The results of the experimental study of a copper bromide vapour laser at high repetition rates of regular pump pulses are presented. A record-high pulse repetition rate of 700 kHz is attained for lasing at self-terminating transitions in copper atoms. To analyse the obtained results, use is made of the data of numerical modelling of the plasma kinetics in the phase of pumping and discharge afterglow. (lasers)

  13. Resonance laser-induced ionisation of sodium vapour taking radiative transfer into account

    SciTech Connect

    Kosarev, N I; Shaparev, N Ya

    2006-04-30

    The problem of ionisation of atomic sodium in the field of resonance laser radiation is numerically solved taking radiative transfer into account. Seed electrons are produced due to the mechanism of associative ionisation, then they gain energy in superelastic processes (collisions of the second kind) and initiate the avalanche ionisation of the medium by electron impact. We studied the effect of secondary radiation on the laser pulse propagation upon competition between the ionising and quenching electron collisions with excited atoms, on the kinetics of ionisation-induced vapour bleaching, and the plasma channel expansion in the form of a halo. (interaction of laser radiation with matter)

  14. Spectroscopy of micro-fabricated Cs vapours cells for miniature atomic clocks

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Miletic, D.; Affolderbach, C.; Mileti, G.; Hasegawa, M.; Gorecki, C.

    2010-10-01

    In this paper we present our spectroscopic studies on Coherent Population Trapping (CPT) in micro-fabricated Caesium cells and our evaluation of its application in miniature atomic frequency standards (atomic clocks). We observe the CPT signal on the Cs D1-line by coupling two hyperfine ground-state Zeeman sub-levels to a common excited state using two coherent electromagnetic fields created with a modulated DFB laser. Contrarily to double resonance, CPT does not require any microwave cavity, which should facilitate the miniaturization of a future atomic clock device. We study and report here on the light shift phenomena at different cell temperatures and laser wavelength. We also present resonance shifts due to cell temperature variations and clock frequency stability measurements. To the best of our knowledge, this article is the first report on light shift with Cs D1 line in a CPT vapour-cell atomic clock.

  15. Laser spectroscopy of sub-micrometre- and micrometre-thick caesium-vapour layers

    SciTech Connect

    Cartaleva, S; Krasteva, A; Slavov, D; Todorov, P; Vaseva, K; Moi, L; Sargsyan, A; Sarkisyan, D

    2013-09-30

    We present high resolution laser spectroscopy of Cs vapours confined in a unique optical cell of sub-micrometric and micrometric thickness, where a strong spatial anisotropy is present for the time of interaction between the atoms and laser radiation. Similarly to the spectra of selective specular reflection, the Doppler-free spectra of absorption and fluorescence are observed, not revealing cross-over resonances that will be useful for frequency stabilisation, provided the cell is cheap and compact. A new resonance in the fluorescence of closed transition is studied, demonstrating its high sensitivity to elastic atomatom and atom – dielectric surface collisions. The theoretical modelling performed is in agreement with the experimental observations. (laser spectroscopy)

  16. Infrared Laser Optoacoustic Detection Of Gases And Vapours

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Johnson, S. A.; Cummins, P. G.; Bone, S. A.; Davies, P. B.

    1988-10-01

    Mid-infrared laser optoacoustic spectroscopy has been used to detect a variety of gases and vapours. Performance was calibrated using the signal from a known concentration of ethene, and then the method applied to the perfume alcohol geraniol. Detection limits were found to be 1 ppb for ethene and 70 ppb for geraniol on their strongest absorption lines for a few seconds measurement time.

  17. The Development Of Gold And Copper Vapour Lasers For Medical Applications In Australia

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stanco, Alex

    1987-04-01

    The first fully automated mobile copper and gold vapour lasers for medical applications were developed in Australia. The history of this development program is presented in this paper. These lasers have been tested in several clinical programs and success with the gold vapour laser in cancer phototherapy using HpD has been achieved in various types of tumours. Trials have commenced on the use of the 578 nm yellow line of the copper vapour laser for dermatology and plastic surgery.

  18. Experimental study of multipass copper vapour laser amplifiers

    SciTech Connect

    Karpukhin, Vyacheslav T; Malikov, Mikhail M

    2008-12-31

    Repetitively pulsed multipass copper vapour amplifiers are studied experimentally. A considerable increase in the peak power of laser pulses was achieved by using a special scheme of the amplifier. It is found that the main reasons preventing an increase in the peak power during many passages of the beam are the competitive development of lasing from spontaneous seeds in a parasitic resonator formed by the fold mirrors of a multipass amplifier, a decrease in the amplification during the last passages, and an increase in the pulse width at the amplifier output. (lasers. amplifiers)

  19. Manufacturing diamond films using copper vapour lasers

    SciTech Connect

    McLean, M., LLNL

    1996-01-08

    Fifty nanosecond pulses of visible light have been used to produce hard, hydrogen-free diamond-like-carbon (DLC) films at irradiances between 5 x 10{sup 8} and 5 x 10{sup 10} W/cm{sup 2} The films were characterized by a number of techniques including: Raman spectroscopy, Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS), atomic force microscopy, and spectroscopic ellipsometry. The cost for manufacturing DLC with high average power, high-pulse repetition frequency, visible light is low enough to compete with other diamond thin film production methods.

  20. Metal atom oxidation laser

    DOEpatents

    Jensen, R.J.; Rice, W.W.; Beattie, W.H.

    1975-10-28

    A chemical laser which operates by formation of metal or carbon atoms and reaction of such atoms with a gaseous oxidizer in an optical resonant cavity is described. The lasing species are diatomic or polyatomic in nature and are readily produced by exchange or other abstraction reactions between the metal or carbon atoms and the oxidizer. The lasing molecules may be metal or carbon monohalides or monoxides.

  1. Metal atom oxidation laser

    DOEpatents

    Jensen, R.J.; Rice, W.W.; Beattie, W.H.

    1975-10-28

    A chemical laser which operates by formation of metal or carbon atoms and reaction of such atoms with a gaseous oxidizer in an optical resonant cavity is described. The lasing species are diatomic or polyatomic in nature and are readily produced by exchange or other abstraction reactions between the metal or carbon atoms and the oxidizer. The lasing molecules may be metal or carbon monohalides or monoxides. (auth)

  2. Application of copper vapour lasers for controlling activity of uranium isotopes

    SciTech Connect

    Barmina, E V; Sukhov, I A; Lepekhin, N M; Priseko, Yu S; Filippov, V G; Simakin, Aleksandr V; Shafeev, Georgii A

    2013-06-30

    Beryllium nanoparticles are generated upon ablation of a beryllium target in water by a copper vapour laser. The average size of single crystalline nanoparticles is 12 nm. Ablation of a beryllium target in aqueous solutions of uranyl chloride leads to a significant (up to 50 %) decrease in the gamma activity of radionuclides of the uranium-238 and uranium-235 series. Data on the recovery of the gamma activity of these nuclides to new steady-state values after laser irradiation are obtained. The possibility of application of copper vapour lasers for radioactive waste deactivation is discussed. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  3. Progress in hollow core photonic crystal fiber for atomic vapour based coherent optics

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    Bradley, T. D.; Wang, Y. Y.; Alharbi, M.; Fourcade Dutin, C.; Mangan, B. J.; Wheeler, N. V.; Benabid, F.

    2012-03-01

    We report on progress in different hollow core photonic crystal fiber (HC-PCF) design and fabrication for atomic vapor based applications. We have fabricated a Photonic bandgap (PBG) guiding HC-PCF with a record loss of 107dB/km at 785nm in this class of fiber. A double photonic bandgap (DPBG) guiding HC-PCF with guidance bands centred at 780nm and 1064nm is reported. A 7-cell 3-ring Kagome HC-PCF with hypocycloid core is reported, the optical loss at 780nm has been reduced to 70dB/km which to the best of our knowledge is the lowest optical loss reported at this wavelength using HC-PCF. Details on experimental loading of alkali metal vapours using a far off red detuned laser are reported. This optical loading has been shown to decrease the necessary loading time for Rb into the hollow core of a fiber. The quantity of Rb within the fiber core has been enhanced by a maximum of 14% through this loading procedure.

  4. Lasers, Understanding the Atom Series.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Hellman, Hal

    This booklet is one of the booklets in the "Understanding the Atom Series" published by the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission for high school science teachers and their students. Basic information for understanding the laser is provided including discussion of the electromagnetic spectrum, radio waves, light and the atom, coherent light, controlled…

  5. Atoms, Light, and Lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bellac, Michel Le

    2014-11-01

    Up to now, the spatial properties of quantum particles played no more than a secondary role: we only needed the de Broglie relation (1.4) which gives the quantum particles wavelength, and our discussion of the quantum properties of photons was based mainly on their polarization, which is an internal degree of freedom of the photon. The probability amplitudes which we used did not involve the positions or velocities of the particles, which are spatial, or external degrees of freedom. In the present chapter, we shall introduce spatial dependence by defining probability amplitudes a(ěc r) that are functions of the position ěc r. In full generality, a(ěc r) is a complex number, but we shall avoid this complication and discuss only cases where the probability amplitudes may be taken real. For simplicity, we also limit ourselves to particles propagating along a straight line, which we take as the Ox axis: x will define the position of the particle and the corresponding probability amplitude will be a function of x, a(x). In our discussion, we shall need to introduce the so-called potential well, where a particle travels back and forth between two points on the straight line. One important particular case is the infinite well, where the particle is confined between two infinitely high walls over which it cannot pass. This example is not at all academic, and we shall meet it again in Chapter 6 when explaining the design of a laser diode! Furthermore, it will allow us to introduce the notion of energy level, to write down the Heisenberg inequalities, to understand the interaction of a light wave with an atom and finally to explain schematically the principles of the laser.

  6. Diode laser frequency stabilisation for water-vapour differential absorption sensing

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    Matthey, R.; Schilt, S.; Werner, D.; Affolderbach, C.; Thvenaz, L.; Mileti, G.

    2006-11-01

    We describe a low-power continuous-wave laser system for water-vapour sensing applications in the 935-nm region. The system is based on extended-cavity diode lasers and distributed-feedback lasers and delivers four single-mode frequency-stabilised optical signals. Three lasers are locked to three water-vapour absorption lines of different strengths, whereas the fourth lies outside any absorption line. On-line stabilisation is performed by wavelength-modulation spectroscopy using compact water-vapour reference cells. An offset-locking technique implemented around an electrical filter is applied for the stabilisation of the off-line slave laser to an on-line master laser at a frequency detuning of 18.8 GHz. Stabilities in the order of 15 MHz over one day were observed for the strongest lines, at the detection limit of the measurement instrumentation. The developed techniques and schemes can be applied to other wavelength ranges and molecular species. Differential absorption lidar instrumentation can in particular benefit from such a system when the stabilised lasers serve as injection seeders to pulsed power oscillators.

  7. Model of the radial gas-temperature distribution in a copper bromide vapour laser

    SciTech Connect

    Iliev, I P; Gocheva-Ilieva, S G

    2010-08-27

    An analytic model is proposed to calculate the buffer-gas temperature in the discharge-tube cross section of the copper bromide vapour laser. The model is the generalisation of the previous models developed by the authors. Assuming that the volume electric power is arbitrary distributed over the tube radius, the general solution of the quasi-stationary heat conduction equation with the boundary conditions of the first and second kinds is presented. Application of the model is considered by the example of a copper bromide vapour laser emitting at 510.6 and 578.2 nm at different specific radial distributions of the volume power. The obtained results are compared with the temperature profiles known to date. Application of this model to molecular lasers is also discussed. (lasers)

  8. Atomic vapor laser isotope separation process

    DOEpatents

    Wyeth, R.W.; Paisner, J.A.; Story, T.

    1990-08-21

    A laser spectroscopy system is utilized in an atomic vapor laser isotope separation process. The system determines spectral components of an atomic vapor utilizing a laser heterodyne technique. 23 figs.

  9. Comparative laser performances of pyrromethene 567 and rhodamine 6G dyes in copper vapour laser pumped dye lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ray, A. K.; Kundu, S.; Sasikumar, S.; Rao, C. S.; Mula, S.; Sinha, S.; Dasgupta, K.

    2007-05-01

    Narrowband laser performances and photochemical stability of alcoholic solutions of pyrromethene 567 and rhodamine 6G dyes, under high-repetition rate copper vapour laser (at 510 nm), as well as, high-peak intensity Nd:YAG laser (at 532 nm) excitation have been investigated. We have observed that pyrromethene 567 dye solutions offer higher efficiency, wider tuning range, but lower photochemical stability and higher lasing threshold than that of rhodamine 6G dye solutions. An addition of about 100 mM DABCO, as a singlet oxygen quencher, in pyrromethene 567 dye solutions improved its photochemical stability close to that of rhodamine 6G. The observation of higher slope efficiency, in spite of higher threshold pump energy for pyrromethene 567 dye than that of rhodamine 6G dye solutions, was explained by a predictive model on gain characteristics of both dye solutions as a function of pump energy.

  10. Vapour phase growth and grain boundary structure of molybdenum disulphide atomic layers.

    PubMed

    Najmaei, Sina; Liu, Zheng; Zhou, Wu; Zou, Xiaolong; Shi, Gang; Lei, Sidong; Yakobson, Boris I; Idrobo, Juan-Carlos; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Lou, Jun

    2013-08-01

    Single-layered molybdenum disulphide with a direct bandgap is a promising two-dimensional material that goes beyond graphene for the next generation of nanoelectronics. Here, we report the controlled vapour phase synthesis of molybdenum disulphide atomic layers and elucidate a fundamental mechanism for the nucleation, growth, and grain boundary formation in its crystalline monolayers. Furthermore, a nucleation-controlled strategy is established to systematically promote the formation of large-area, single- and few-layered films. Using high-resolution electron microscopy imaging, the atomic structure and morphology of the grains and their boundaries in the polycrystalline molybdenum disulphide atomic layers are examined, and the primary mechanisms for grain boundary formation are evaluated. Grain boundaries consisting of 5- and 7- member rings are directly observed with atomic resolution, and their energy landscape is investigated via first-principles calculations. The uniformity in thickness, large grain sizes, and excellent electrical performance signify the high quality and scalable synthesis of the molybdenum disulphide atomic layers. PMID:23749265

  11. Vapour phase growth and grain boundary structure of molybdenum disulphide atomic layers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Najmaei, Sina; Liu, Zheng; Zhou, Wu; Zou, Xiaolong; Shi, Gang; Lei, Sidong; Yakobson, Boris I.; Idrobo, Juan-Carlos; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Lou, Jun

    2013-08-01

    Single-layered molybdenum disulphide with a direct bandgap is a promising two-dimensional material that goes beyond graphene for the next generation of nanoelectronics. Here, we report the controlled vapour phase synthesis of molybdenum disulphide atomic layers and elucidate a fundamental mechanism for the nucleation, growth, and grain boundary formation in its crystalline monolayers. Furthermore, a nucleation-controlled strategy is established to systematically promote the formation of large-area, single- and few-layered films. Using high-resolution electron microscopy imaging, the atomic structure and morphology of the grains and their boundaries in the polycrystalline molybdenum disulphide atomic layers are examined, and the primary mechanisms for grain boundary formation are evaluated. Grain boundaries consisting of 5- and 7- member rings are directly observed with atomic resolution, and their energy landscape is investigated via first-principles calculations. The uniformity in thickness, large grain sizes, and excellent electrical performance signify the high quality and scalable synthesis of the molybdenum disulphide atomic layers.

  12. Investigation of the vapour-plasma plume in the welding of titanium by high-power ytterbium fibre laser radiation

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    Bykovskiy, D. P.; Petrovskii, V. N.; Uspenskiy, S. A.

    2015-03-01

    The vapour-plasma plume produced in the welding of 6-mm thick VT-23 titanium alloy plates by ytterbium fibre laser radiation of up to 10 kW power is studied in the protective Ar gas medium. High-speed video filming of the vapour-plasma plume is used to visualise the processes occurring during laser welding. The coefficient of inverse bremsstrahlung by the welding plasma plume is calculated from the data of the spectrometric study.

  13. Thin film semiconductor nanomaterials and nanostructures prepared by physical vapour deposition: An atomic force microscopy study

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    Nesheva, D.; Petrova, A.; Stavrev, S.; Levi, Z.; Aneva, Z.

    2007-05-01

    Amorphous/nanocrystalline SiOx/CdSe, GeS2/CdSe, SiOx/ZnSe and Se/CdSe amorphous multilayers (MLs) were grown by consecutive physical vapour deposition of the constituent materials at room substrate temperature. A step-by-step manner of deposition was applied for the preparation of each layer (2 10nm thick) of MLs. Surface morphology has been investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) in order to get information about ML interfaces. For a scanned area of 3.4×4μmSiOx/CdSe and GeS2/CdSe MLs showed surface roughness which is around three times greater than the roughness of SiOx/ZnSe MLs. This observation has been connected with effects of both film composition and deposition rate. For a scanned area of 250×250nm the roughness determined in all MLs displayed close values and a similar increase with the ML period. The latter has been related to the flexible structure of amorphous materials. The AFM results, in good agreement with previous X-ray diffraction and high resolution electron microscopy data, indicate that the application of step-by-step physical vapour deposition makes possible fabrication of various amorphous/nanocrystalline MLs with smooth interfaces and good artificial periodicity at low substrate temperatures.

  14. Atomic vapor laser isotope separation

    SciTech Connect

    Stern, R.C.; Paisner, J.A.

    1985-11-08

    Atomic vapor laser isotope separation (AVLIS) is a general and powerful technique. A major present application to the enrichment of uranium for light-water power reactor fuel has been under development for over 10 years. In June 1985 the Department of Energy announced the selection of AVLIS as the technology to meet the nation's future need for the internationally competitive production of uranium separative work. The economic basis for this decision is considered, with an indicated of the constraints placed on the process figures of merit and the process laser system. We then trace an atom through a generic AVLIS separator and give examples of the physical steps encountered, the models used to describe the process physics, the fundamental parameters involved, and the role of diagnostic laser measurements.

  15. Microfabricated rubidium vapour cell with a thick glass core for small-scale atomic clock applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ptremand, Y.; Affolderbach, C.; Straessle, R.; Pellaton, M.; Briand, D.; Mileti, G.; de Rooij, N. F.

    2012-02-01

    This paper presents a new fabrication method to manufacture alkali reference cells having dimensions larger than standard micromachined cells and smaller than glass-blown ones, for use in compact atomic devices such as vapour-cell atomic clocks or magnetometers. The technology is based on anodic bonding of silicon and relatively thick glass wafers and fills a gap in cell sizes and technologies available up to now: on one side, microfabrication technologies with typical dimensions ? 2 mm and on the other side, classical glass-blowing technologies for typical dimensions of about 6-10 mm or larger. The fabrication process is described for cells containing atomic Rb and spectroscopic measurements (optical absorption spectrum and double resonance) are reported. The analysis of the bonding strength of our cells was performed and shows that the first anodic bonding steps exhibit higher bonding strengths than the later ones. The spectroscopic results show a good quality of the cells. From the double-resonance signals, we predict a clock stability of ?3 10-11 at 1 s of integration time, which compares well to the performance of compact commercial Rb atomic clocks.

  16. Water Vapour Propulsion Powered by a High-Power Laser-Diode

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    Minami, Y.; Uchida, S.

    Most of the laser propulsion schemes now being proposed and developed assume neither power supplies nor on-board laser devices and therefore are bound to remote laser stations like a kite via a laser beam “string”. This is a fatal disadvantage for a space vehicle that flies freely though it is often said that no need of installing an energy source is an advantage of a laser propulsion scheme. The possibility of an independent laser propulsion space vehicle that carries a laser source and a power supply on board is discussed. This is mainly due to the latest development of high power laser diode (LD) technology. Both high specific impulse-low thrust mode and high thrust-low specific impulse mode can be selected by controlling the laser output by using vapour or water as a propellant. This mode change can be performed by switching between a high power continuous wave (cw), LD engine for high thrust with a low specific impulse mode and high power LD pumping Q-switched Nd:YAG laser engine for low thrust with the high specific impulse mode. This paper describes an Orbital Transfer Vehicle equipped with the above-mentioned laser engine system and fuel cell that flies to the Moon from a space platform or space hotel in Earth orbit, with cargo shipment from lunar orbit to the surface of the Moon, including the possibility of a sightseeing trip.

  17. Copper bromide vapour laser with an output pulse duration of up to 320 ns

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    Gubarev, F. A.; Fedorov, V. F.; Fedorov, K. V.; Shiyanov, D. V.; Evtushenko, G. S.

    2016-01-01

    We report the development of a copper bromide vapour laser with an output pulse duration of up to 320 ns. To lengthen the pulse, the discharge current was limited using a compound switch comprising a pulsed hydrogen thyratron and a tacitron. This technique permits limiting the excitation of the working levels at the initial stage of the discharge development to lengthen the inversion lifetime. The longest duration of a laser pulse was reached in tubes 25 and 50 mm in diameter for a pulse repetition rate of 2 – 4 kHz.

  18. Legal requirements and guidelines for the control of harmful laser generated particles, vapours and gases

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    Horsey, John

    2015-07-01

    This paper is a review of the Health and Safety laws and guidelines relating to laser generated emissions into the workplace and outside environment with emphasis on the differences between legal requirements and guideline advice. The types and nature of contaminants released by various laser processes (i.e. cutting, coding, engraving, marking etc) are discussed, together with the best methods for controlling them to within legal exposure limits. A brief description of the main extract air filtration techniques, including the principles of particulate removal and the action of activated carbon for gas/vapour/odour filtration, is given.

  19. Hydride vapour phase epitaxy assisted buried heterostructure quantum cascade lasers for sensing applications

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    Lourdudoss, S.; Metaferia, W.; Junesand, C.; Manavaimaran, B.; Ferré, S.; Simozrag, B.; Carras, M.; Peretti, R.; Liverini, V.; Beck, M.; Faist, J.

    2015-01-01

    Buried heterostructure (BH) lasers are routinely fabricated for telecom applications. Development of quantum cascade lasers (QCL) for sensing applications has largely benefited from the technological achievements established for telecom lasers. However, new demands are to be met with when fabricating BH-QCLs. For example, hetero-cascade and multistack QCLs, with several different active regions stacked on top of each other, are used to obtain a broad composite gain or increased peak output power. Such structures have thick etch ridges which puts severe demand in carrying out regrowth of semi-insulating layer around very deeply etched (< 10 μm) ridges in short time to realize BH-QCL. For comparison, telecom laser ridges are normally only <5 μm deep. We demonstrate here that hydride vapour phase epitaxy (HVPE) is capable of meeting this new demand adequately through the fabrication of BH-QCLs in less than 45 minutes for burying ridges etched down to 10-15 μm deep. This has to be compared with the normally used regrowth time of several hours, e.g., in a metal organic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE) reactor. This includes also micro-stripe lasers resembling grating-like ridges for enhanced thermal dissipation in the lateral direction. In addition, we also demonstrate HVPE capability to realize buried heterostructure photonic crystal QCLs for the first time. These buried lasers offer flexibility in collecting light from the surface and relatively facile device characterization feasibility of QCLs in general; but the more important benefits of such lasers are enhanced light matter interaction leading to ultra-high cavity Q-factors, tight optical confinement, possibility to control the emitted mode pattern and beam shape and substantial reduction in laser threshold.

  20. Atom Skimmers and Atom Lasers Utilizing Them

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    Hulet, Randall; Tollett, Jeff; Franke, Kurt; Moss, Steve; Sackett, Charles; Gerton, Jordan; Ghaffari, Bita; McAlexander, W.; Strecker, K.; Homan, D.

    2005-01-01

    Atom skimmers are devices that act as low-pass velocity filters for atoms in thermal atomic beams. An atom skimmer operating in conjunction with a suitable thermal atomic-beam source (e.g., an oven in which cesium is heated) can serve as a source of slow atoms for a magneto-optical trap or other apparatus in an atomic-physics experiment. Phenomena that are studied in such apparatuses include Bose-Einstein condensation of atomic gases, spectra of trapped atoms, and collisions of slowly moving atoms. An atom skimmer includes a curved, low-thermal-conduction tube that leads from the outlet of a thermal atomic-beam source to the inlet of a magneto-optical trap or other device in which the selected low-velocity atoms are to be used. Permanent rare-earth magnets are placed around the tube in a yoke of high-magnetic-permeability material to establish a quadrupole or octupole magnetic field leading from the source to the trap. The atoms are attracted to the locus of minimum magnetic-field intensity in the middle of the tube, and the gradient of the magnetic field provides centripetal force that guides the atoms around the curve along the axis of the tube. The threshold velocity for guiding is dictated by the gradient of the magnetic field and the radius of curvature of the tube. Atoms moving at lesser velocities are successfully guided; faster atoms strike the tube wall and are lost from the beam.

  1. Wavelength-tunable sources of entangled photons interfaced with atomic vapours.

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    Trotta, Rinaldo; Martín-Sánchez, Javier; Wildmann, Johannes S; Piredda, Giovanni; Reindl, Marcus; Schimpf, Christian; Zallo, Eugenio; Stroj, Sandra; Edlinger, Johannes; Rastelli, Armando

    2016-01-01

    The prospect of using the quantum nature of light for secure communication keeps spurring the search and investigation of suitable sources of entangled photons. A single semiconductor quantum dot is one of the most attractive, as it can generate indistinguishable entangled photons deterministically and is compatible with current photonic-integration technologies. However, the lack of control over the energy of the entangled photons is hampering the exploitation of dissimilar quantum dots in protocols requiring the teleportation of quantum entanglement over remote locations. Here we introduce quantum dot-based sources of polarization-entangled photons whose energy can be tuned via three-directional strain engineering without degrading the degree of entanglement of the photon pairs. As a test-bench for quantum communication, we interface quantum dots with clouds of atomic vapours, and we demonstrate slow-entangled photons from a single quantum emitter. These results pave the way towards the implementation of hybrid quantum networks where entanglement is distributed among distant parties using optoelectronic devices. PMID:26815609

  2. Wavelength-tunable sources of entangled photons interfaced with atomic vapours

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    Trotta, Rinaldo; Martín-Sánchez, Javier; Wildmann, Johannes S.; Piredda, Giovanni; Reindl, Marcus; Schimpf, Christian; Zallo, Eugenio; Stroj, Sandra; Edlinger, Johannes; Rastelli, Armando

    2016-01-01

    The prospect of using the quantum nature of light for secure communication keeps spurring the search and investigation of suitable sources of entangled photons. A single semiconductor quantum dot is one of the most attractive, as it can generate indistinguishable entangled photons deterministically and is compatible with current photonic-integration technologies. However, the lack of control over the energy of the entangled photons is hampering the exploitation of dissimilar quantum dots in protocols requiring the teleportation of quantum entanglement over remote locations. Here we introduce quantum dot-based sources of polarization-entangled photons whose energy can be tuned via three-directional strain engineering without degrading the degree of entanglement of the photon pairs. As a test-bench for quantum communication, we interface quantum dots with clouds of atomic vapours, and we demonstrate slow-entangled photons from a single quantum emitter. These results pave the way towards the implementation of hybrid quantum networks where entanglement is distributed among distant parties using optoelectronic devices. PMID:26815609

  3. Wavelength-tunable sources of entangled photons interfaced with atomic vapours

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    Trotta, Rinaldo; Martín-Sánchez, Javier; Wildmann, Johannes S.; Piredda, Giovanni; Reindl, Marcus; Schimpf, Christian; Zallo, Eugenio; Stroj, Sandra; Edlinger, Johannes; Rastelli, Armando

    2016-01-01

    The prospect of using the quantum nature of light for secure communication keeps spurring the search and investigation of suitable sources of entangled photons. A single semiconductor quantum dot is one of the most attractive, as it can generate indistinguishable entangled photons deterministically and is compatible with current photonic-integration technologies. However, the lack of control over the energy of the entangled photons is hampering the exploitation of dissimilar quantum dots in protocols requiring the teleportation of quantum entanglement over remote locations. Here we introduce quantum dot-based sources of polarization-entangled photons whose energy can be tuned via three-directional strain engineering without degrading the degree of entanglement of the photon pairs. As a test-bench for quantum communication, we interface quantum dots with clouds of atomic vapours, and we demonstrate slow-entangled photons from a single quantum emitter. These results pave the way towards the implementation of hybrid quantum networks where entanglement is distributed among distant parties using optoelectronic devices.

  4. Comparison of laser-ablation and hot-wall chemical vapour deposition techniques for nanowire fabrication

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    Stern, E.; Cheng, G.; Guthrie, S.; Turner-Evans, D.; Broomfield, E.; Lei, B.; Li, C.; Zhang, D.; Zhou, C.; Reed, M. A.

    2006-06-01

    A comparison of the transport properties of populations of single-crystal, In2O3 nanowires (NWs) grown by unassisted hot-wall chemical vapour deposition (CVD) versus NWs grown by laser-ablation-assisted chemical vapour deposition (LA-CVD) is presented. For nominally identical growth conditions across the two systems, NWs fabricated at 850 °C with laser-ablation had significantly higher average mobilities at the 99.9% confidence level, 53.3 ± 5.8 cm2 V-1 s-1 versus 10.2 ± 1.9 cm2 V-1 s-1. It is also observed that increasing growth temperature decreases mobility for LA-CVD NWs. Transmission electron microscopy studies of CVD-fabricated samples indicate the presence of an amorphous In2O3 region surrounding the single-crystal core. Further, low-temperature measurements verify the presence of ionized impurity scattering in low-mobility CVD-grown NWs.

  5. Tuneable, stabilised diode lasers for compact atomic frequency standards and precision wavelength references

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    Affolderbach, C.; Mileti, G.

    2005-03-01

    We describe the ongoing activities in Observatoire Cantonal de Neuchtel in the fields of precision laser spectroscopy and metrology of Rb atomic vapours. The work is motivated by the potentials of highly stable and narrowband laser light sources for a variety of technical and scientific applications. We describe the use of extended-cavity diode lasers for the realisation of such narrowband light sources and the basic schemes under study for their stabilisation, with focus on Doppler and sub-Doppler laser spectroscopy. The resulting laser systems offer good frequency stabilities and can be effectively miniaturised. This makes them interesting for direct applications of these techniques, as well as the presently developed precision instruments: compact atomic frequency standards for ground and space applications (GALILEO satellite positioning system), secondary optical frequency standards, transportable extended cavity diode lasers as seeding lasers, and others.

  6. Scaling mechanisms of vapour/plasma shielding from laser-produced plasmas to magnetic fusion regimes

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    Sizyuk, Tatyana; Hassanein, Ahmed

    2014-02-01

    The plasma shielding effect is a well-known mechanism in laser-produced plasmas (LPPs) reducing laser photon transmission to the target and, as a result, significantly reducing target heating and erosion. The shielding effect is less pronounced at low laser intensities, when low evaporation rate together with vapour/plasma expansion processes prevent establishment of a dense plasma layer above the surface. Plasma shielding also loses its effectiveness at high laser intensities when the formed hot dense plasma plume causes extensive target erosion due to radiation fluxes back to the surface. The magnitude of emitted radiation fluxes from such a plasma is similar to or slightly higher than the laser photon flux in the low shielding regime. Thus, shielding efficiency in LPPs has a peak that depends on the laser beam parameters and the target material. A similar tendency is also expected in other plasma-operating devices such as tokamaks of magnetic fusion energy (MFE) reactors during transient plasma operation and disruptions on chamber walls when deposition of the high-energy transient plasma can cause severe erosion and damage to the plasma-facing and nearby components. A detailed analysis of these abnormal events and their consequences in future power reactors is limited in current tokamak reactors. Predictions for high-power future tokamaks are possible only through comprehensive, time-consuming and rigorous modelling. We developed scaling mechanisms, based on modelling of LPP devices with their typical temporal and spatial scales, to simulate tokamak abnormal operating regimes to study wall erosion, plasma shielding and radiation under MFE reactor conditions. We found an analogy in regimes and results of carbon and tungsten erosion of the divertor surface in ITER-like reactors with erosion due to laser irradiation. Such an approach will allow utilizing validated modelling combined with well-designed and well-diagnosed LPP experimental studies for predicting consequences of plasma instabilities in complex fusion environment, which are of serious concern for successful energy production.

  7. Push-pull laser-atomic oscillator.

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    Jau, Y-Y; Happer, W

    2007-11-30

    A vapor of alkali-metal atoms in the external cavity of a semiconductor laser, pumped with a time-independent injection current, can cause the laser to self-modulate at the "field-independent 0-0 frequency" of the atoms. Push-pull optical pumping by the modulated light drives most of the atoms into a coherent superposition of the two atomic sublevels with an azimuthal quantum number m=0. The atoms modulate the optical loss of the cavity at the sharply defined 0-0 hyperfine frequency. As in a maser, the system is not driven by an external source of microwaves, but a very stable microwave signal can be recovered from the modulated light or from the modulated voltage drop across the laser diode. Potential applications for this new phenomenon include atomic clocks, the production of long-lived coherent atomic states, and the generation of coherent optical combs. PMID:18233280

  8. Push-Pull Laser-Atomic Oscillator

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    Jau, Y.-Y.; Happer, W.

    2007-11-30

    A vapor of alkali-metal atoms in the external cavity of a semiconductor laser, pumped with a time-independent injection current, can cause the laser to self-modulate at the 'field-independent 0-0 frequency' of the atoms. Push-pull optical pumping by the modulated light drives most of the atoms into a coherent superposition of the two atomic sublevels with an azimuthal quantum number m=0. The atoms modulate the optical loss of the cavity at the sharply defined 0-0 hyperfine frequency. As in a maser, the system is not driven by an external source of microwaves, but a very stable microwave signal can be recovered from the modulated light or from the modulated voltage drop across the laser diode. Potential applications for this new phenomenon include atomic clocks, the production of long-lived coherent atomic states, and the generation of coherent optical combs.

  9. Atom laser based on Raman transitions

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    Moy, G. M.; Hope, J. J.; Savage, C. M.

    1997-05-01

    In this paper we present an atom laser scheme using a Raman transition for the output coupling of atoms. A beam of thermal atoms (bosons) in a metastable atomic state is pumped into a multimode atomic cavity. This cavity is coupled through spontaneous emission to another cavity for the atomic ground state. Above a certain threshold pumping rate a large number of atoms build up in the lowest energy state of the second cavity, while the higher energy states remain unpopulated. Atoms are then coupled to the outside of the cavity with a Raman transition. This changes the internal level of the atom and imparts a momentum kick, allowing the atoms to leave the system. We propose an implementation of our scheme using hollow optical-fiber atom waveguides.

  10. Laser Spectroscopy of Atoms and Molecules.

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    Schawlow, Arthur L.

    1978-01-01

    Surveys new laser techniques and a variety of spectroscopic experiments that can be used to detect, measure and study very small numbers of atoms on molecules. The range of applicability of these techniques is also included. (HM)

  11. Trapping cold atoms with ultrafast laser pulses

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    Karssen, L. C.

    2008-10-01

    The aim of this research is to pave the way for making a trap for cold neutral atoms based on the force generated by pulses of a mode-locked laser. As an onset towards such a trap we decided to use a far-off-resonance trap (FORT) loaded with cold rubidium atoms from a magneto-optical trap (MOT). Our FORT setup consists of a titanium-sapphire laser that can operate both in continuous wave mode and in mode-locked mode. Our MOT setup uses a magnetic field gradient, and two diode lasers whose frequency is locked very accurately to the atomic transition using polarisation spectroscopy. Since the measurements we do require very precise timing of the order of less than one millisecond between the various phases of the experiment, a time-sequencing program was developed. Using this sophisticated setup, several characteristics of FORTs made with continuous and pulsed lasers were analysed. For example, we have investigated the loading behaviour of the traps and found that under general circumstances there is no significant difference. However, under special conditions it is possible to load more atoms into a pulsed trap. The lifetime of the number of atoms in the trap shows no dependence on the power of the trap laser in the continuous case. For the pulsed trap, however, the increased scattering due to the high peak intensities of the pulses does limit the achievable lifetimes. Moreover, due to the presence of a large number of photoassociation lines, i.e. lines were loosely bound molecules are formed by the interaction of two atoms an a photon, the two-particle losses depend heavily on the wavelength of the trap laser. Furthermore we have done measurements of the temperature of the trapped atoms, which revealed that the temperature is a constant fraction of the trap depth. We also looked at the effects of parametric excitation of the atoms in the FORT. The anharmonicity of the trap formed by the titanium-sapphire laser results in interesting physics, including a change in the average temperature of the atoms, depending on the modulation frequency. We also investigated the trapping behaviour of the FORT at low pulse repetition rates by switching the laser intensity on and off on a kHz scale. We investigated the dependence of the number of atoms on the polarisation of the FORT laser light, both for continuous and pulsed traps. Atoms can be trapped at elliptical polarisations as well, although the number of trapped atoms is less. As the laser is detuned further to the red of the rubidium D line, this effect becomes less and less pronounced, as predicted by our model.

  12. Atomic-vapor-laser isotope separation

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    Davis, J.I.

    1982-10-01

    This paper gives a brief history of the scientific considerations leading to the development of laser isotope separation (LIS) processes. The close relationship of LIS to the broader field of laser-induced chemical processes is evaluated in terms of physical criteria to achieve an efficient production process. Atomic-vapor LIS processes under development at Livermore are reviwed. 8 figures.

  13. Vapour-liquid coexistence curves of the united-atomand anisotropic united-atom force fields for alkane mixtures

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    Delhommelle, Jerome; Boutin, Anne; Tavitian, Bernard; Mackie, Allan D.; Fuchs, Alain H.

    The performances of two categories of force field for mixtures of alkanes are compared. Configurational-bias Monte Carlo simulations in the Gibbs ensemble were carried out to compute the vapour-liquid coexistence curves (VLCC) for pure n-pentane and n-dodecane and for binary mixtures of these components with methane. The united-atom (UA) force field (Siepmann and coworkers) and the anisotropic united-atom (AUA) force field (Toxvaerd) were used in this study. It is shown that the use of the recently readjusted versions of these potential forms together with the Lorentz-Berthelot mixing rules yields a description of the VLCC of methane-n alkane binary mixtures that is as accurate as the description of the pure component obtained with the same UA/AUA force field.

  14. Laser Cooled Atomic Clocks in Space

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    Thompson, R. J.; Kohel, J.; Klipstein, W. M.; Seidel, D. J.; Maleki, L.

    2000-01-01

    The goals of the Glovebox Laser-cooled Atomic Clock Experiment (GLACE) are: (1) first utilization of tunable, frequency-stabilized lasers in space, (2) demonstrate laser cooling and trapping in microgravity, (3) demonstrate longest 'perturbation-free' interaction time for a precision measurement on neutral atoms, (4) Resolve Ramsey fringes 2-10 times narrower than achievable on Earth. The approach taken is: the use of COTS components, and the utilization of prototype hardware from LCAP flight definition experiments. The launch date is scheduled for Oct. 2002. The Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) specifications are reviewed, and a picture of the MSG is shown.

  15. Copper vapour laser with an efficient semiconductor pump generator having comparable pump pulse and output pulse durations

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    Yurkin, A. A.

    2016-03-01

    We report the results of experimental studies of a copper vapour laser with a semiconductor pump generator capable of forming virtually optimal pump pulses with a current rise steepness of about 40 A ns-1 in a KULON LT-1.5CU active element. To maintain the operating temperature of the active element's channel, an additional heating pulsed oscillator is used. High efficiency of the pump generator is demonstrated.

  16. Strain and structure heterogeneity in MoS2 atomic layers grown by chemical vapour deposition.

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    Liu, Zheng; Amani, Matin; Najmaei, Sina; Xu, Quan; Zou, Xiaolong; Zhou, Wu; Yu, Ting; Qiu, Caiyu; Birdwell, A Glen; Crowne, Frank J; Vajtai, Robert; Yakobson, Boris I; Xia, Zhenhai; Dubey, Madan; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Lou, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has attracted tremendous attention due to its promising applications in high-performance field-effect transistors, phototransistors, spintronic devices and nonlinear optics. The enhanced photoluminescence effect in monolayer MoS2 was discovered and, as a strong tool, was employed for strain and defect analysis in MoS2. Recently, large-size monolayer MoS2 has been produced by chemical vapour deposition, but has not yet been fully explored. Here we systematically characterize chemical vapour deposition-grown MoS2 by photoluminescence spectroscopy and mapping and demonstrate non-uniform strain in single-crystalline monolayer MoS2 and strain-induced bandgap engineering. We also evaluate the effective strain transferred from polymer substrates to MoS2 by three-dimensional finite element analysis. Furthermore, our work demonstrates that photoluminescence mapping can be used as a non-contact approach for quick identification of grain boundaries in MoS2. PMID:25404060

  17. Ramsey interferometry with an atom laser

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    Döring, D.; Debs, J. E.; Robins, N. P.; Figl, C.; Altin, P. A.; Close, J. D.

    2009-10-01

    We present results on a free-space atom interferometer operating on the first order magnetically insensitive |F=1,mF=0> -> |F=2,mF=0> transition of Bose-condensed 87Rb atoms. A pulsed atom laser is output-coupled from a Bose-Einstein condensate and propagates through a sequence of two internal state beam splitters, realized via coherent Raman transitions between the two interfering states. We observe Ramsey fringes with a visibility close to 100% and determine the current and the potentially achievable interferometric phase sensitivity. This system is well suited to testing recent proposals for generating and detecting squeezed atomic states.

  18. Conservation laws and laser cooling of atoms

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    Giuliani, Giuseppe

    2015-11-01

    The straightforward application of energy and linear momentum conservation to the absorption/emission of photons by atoms allows us to establish the essential features of laser cooling of two level atoms at low laser intensities. The lowest attainable average kinetic energy of the atoms depends on the ratio {{Γ }}/{E}{{R}} between the natural linewidth and the recoil energy and tends to ER as {{Γ }}/{E}{{R}} tends to zero (in one dimension). This treatment, like the quantum mechanical ones, is valid for any value of the ratio {{Γ }}/{E}{{R}} and contains the semiclassical theory of laser cooling as the limiting case in which {E}{{R}}\\ll {{Γ }}.

  19. Determination of total mercury in environmental and biological samples by flow injection cold vapour atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Murphy, James; Jones, Phil; Hill, Steve J.

    1996-12-01

    A simple and accurate method has been developed for the determination of total mercury in environmental and biological samples. The method utilises an off-line microwave digestion stage followed by analysis using a flow injection system with detection by cold vapour atomic absorption spectrometry. The method has been validated using two certified reference materials (DORM-1 dogfish and MESS-2 estuarine sediment) and the results agreed well with the certified values. A detection limit of 0.2 ng g -1 Hg was obtained and no significant interference was observed. The method was finally applied to the determination of mercury in river sediments and canned tuna fish, and gave results in the range 0.1-3.0 mg kg -1.

  20. Prospects of laser cooling in atomic thallium

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    Fan, Isaac; Chen, Tzu-Ling; Liu, Yu-Sheng; Lien, Yu-Hung; Liu, Yi-Wei; Shy, Jow-Tsong

    2011-10-15

    One of the most precisely determined upper limits for the electron electric dipole moment (EDM) is set by the thallium (Tl) atomic beam experiment. One way to enhance the sensitivity of the atomic beam setup is to laser cool the Tl atoms to reduce the EDM-like phase caused by the Exv effect. In this report, a cooling scheme based on the 6P{sub 3/2}(F=2){r_reversible}6D{sub 5/2}(F{sup '}=3) transition in Tl is proposed. The absolute frequency measurement of this nearly closed-cycle transition was performed in an atomic beam apparatus. Two Ti:sapphire lasers were frequency-doubled using enhancement cavities in X-type configurations to provide the needed 377- and 352-nm light sources for the optical pumping and cooling transitions, respectively. The absolute frequency of this cooling transition is determined to be 851 634 646(56) MHz.

  1. Laser trapping of {sup 21}Na atoms

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    Lu, Zheng-Tian

    1994-09-01

    This thesis describes an experiment in which about four thousand radioactive {sup 21}Na (t{sub l/2} = 22 sec) atoms were trapped in a magneto-optical trap with laser beams. Trapped {sup 21}Na atoms can be used as a beta source in a precision measurement of the beta-asymmetry parameter of the decay of {sup 21}Na {yields} {sup 21}Ne + {Beta}{sup +} + v{sub e}, which is a promising way to search for an anomalous right-handed current coupling in charged weak interactions. Although the number o trapped atoms that we have achieved is still about two orders of magnitude lower than what is needed to conduct a measurement of the beta-asymmetry parameter at 1% of precision level, the result of this experiment proved the feasibility of trapping short-lived radioactive atoms. In this experiment, {sup 21}Na atoms were produced by bombarding {sup 24}Mg with protons of 25 MeV at the 88 in. Cyclotron of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. A few recently developed techniques of laser manipulation of neutral atoms were applied in this experiment. The {sup 21}Na atoms emerging from a heated oven were first transversely cooled. As a result, the on-axis atomic beam intensity was increased by a factor of 16. The atoms in the beam were then slowed down from thermal speed by applying Zeeman-tuned slowing technique, and subsequently loaded into a magneto-optical trap at the end of the slowing path. The last two chapters of this thesis present two studies on the magneto-optical trap of sodium atoms. In particular, the mechanisms of magneto-optical traps at various laser frequencies and the collisional loss mechanisms of these traps were examined.

  2. One-atom correlated-emission laser

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    Kim, Ho-Joon; Lee, Hai-Woong; Khosa, Ashfaq H.; Zubairy, M. Suhail

    2008-02-15

    We study a four-level double-{lambda} atomic configuration working as a two photon linear amplifier where two atomic transitions independently interact with cavity mode, while the other transitions are driven by a strong pump field. It is found that our system always works as a phase sensitive linear amplifier with no window for a phase insensitive linear amplifier. We also investigate that the system behaves as a two-photon correlated-emission laser under certain conditions.

  3. Influence of the voltage pulse front shortening on the pulse repetition rate in a copper vapour laser

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    Bokhan, P A; Gugin, P P; Zakrevskii, D E; Lavrukhin, M A; Kazaryan, M A; Lyabin, N A

    2013-08-31

    The lasing characteristics of a copper vapour laser are investigated in the regime of a pulse train excited in the internalheating tube with the diameter of 2 cm and length of 48 cm. Two power supply schemes are compared: a conventional scheme with a storage capacitor discharged through a thyratron connected to a peaking capacitor and the scheme in which the peaking capacitor is connected to the laser active element through a kivotron – a fast switch based on the 'open discharge' with a turn-on time of less than 1 ns. It is shown that in the considered range of the pulse repetition rates f = 2 – 16 kHz in the first case we deal with a typical energy dependence on frequency having a maximum near 4 – 5 kHz. In the second case, the lasing energy is frequency-independent; hence, the average power in this range is proportional to f. The results obtained are explained by the neutralised influence of the initial electron concentration on energy characteristics of the copper vapour laser. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  4. Stabilization of a laser on a large-detuned atomic-reference frequency by resonant interferometry

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    Barboza, Priscila M. T.; Nascimento, Guilherme G.; Araújo, Michelle O.; da Silva, Cícero M.; Cavalcante, Hugo L. D. de S.; Oriá, Marcos; Chevrollier, Martine; Passerat de Silans, Thierry

    2016-04-01

    We report a simple technique for stabilization of a laser frequency at the wings of an atomic resonance. The reference signal used for stabilization issues from interference effects obtained in a low-quality cavity filled with a resonant atomic vapour. For a frequency detuned 2.6 GHz from the 133Cs D2 6S{}1/2 F = 4 to 6P{}3/2 F’ = 5 transition, the fractional frequency Allan deviation is 10-8 for averaging times of 300 s, corresponding to a frequency deviation of 4 MHz. Adequate choice of the atomic density and of the cell thickness allows locking the laser at detunings larger than 10 GHz. Such a simple technique does not require magnetic fields or signal modulation.

  5. LASER COOLING: Pulsed filling of a dark magnetooptical trap for rubidium atoms

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    Chapovskii, Pavel L.

    2006-03-01

    The parameters of a dark magnetooptical trap for rubidium atoms are measured. The rubidium atoms captured and cooled in the trap occupy a hyperfine level of the ground electronic state, which does not interact with cooling laser radiation. The pulsed filling of the trap is produced due to desorption of rubidium caused by irradiation by a short (1 ms) light pulse. The trap captures and cools 2.5×108 rubidium atoms approximately for 0.2 s. The absorption spectra of a weak probe field by cold atoms are obtained, which demonstrate a good spectral resolution of the hyperfine structure in the excited state. This structure is completely hidden by the Doppler broadening in rubidium vapours at room temperature.

  6. Atomic vapour deposition (AVD) of SrBi 2Ta 2O 9 using an all alkoxide precursor

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    Chalker, Paul R.; Potter, Richard J.; Roberts, John L.; Jones, Anthony C.; Smith, Lesley M.; Schumacher, Marcus

    2004-12-01

    A "single-source" Sr-Ta heterometal alkoxide precursor, Sr[Ta(OEt) 5(dmae)] 2 (dmae=OCH 2CH 2NMe 2), has been used for atomic vapour deposition (AVD) of SrBi 2Ta 2O 9 (SBT). This single-source precursor is designed to alleviate the mismatch between conventional Sr and Ta sources. Strontium tantalate thin films were deposited on silicon using the Sr[Ta(OEt) 5(dmae)] 2, and the optimum temperatures for deposition of strontium tantalate with a Sr:Ta ratio of 0.5 was found to be ˜510 °C. Deposition of Bi-oxide films using Bi(mmp) 3 (mmp=OCMe 2CH 2OMe) indicates similar decomposition behaviour to the Sr-Ta alkoxide precursor, demonstrating its suitability as a complementary source of Bi for SBT. The co-incorporation of Bi and Sr within the SBT films is promoted through the deposition of bismuth oxide/strontium tantalate super lattices. After post-growth annealing the super lattices are converted to strontium bismuth tantalate thin films.

  7. Secondary laser cooling of strontium-88 atoms

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    Strelkin, S. A.; Khabarova, K. Yu. Galyshev, A. A.; Berdasov, O. I.; Gribov, A. Yu.; Kolachevsky, N. N.; Slyusarev, S. N.

    2015-07-15

    The secondary laser cooling of a cloud of strontium-88 atoms on the {sup 1}S{sub 0}–{sup 3}P{sub 1} (689 nm) intercombination transition captured into a magneto-optical trap has been demonstrated. We describe in detail the recapture of atoms from the primary trap operating on the strong {sup 1}S{sub 0}–{sup 1}P{sub 1} (461 nm) transition and determine the recapture coefficient κ, the number of atoms, and their temperature in the secondary trap as a function of experimental parameters. A temperature of 2 µK has been reached in the secondary trap at the recapture coefficient κ = 6%, which confirms the secondary cooling efficiency and is sufficient to perform metrological measurements of the {sup 1}S{sub 0}–{sup 3}P{sub 1} (698 nm) clock transition in an optical lattice.

  8. Secondary laser cooling of strontium-88 atoms

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    Strelkin, S. A.; Khabarova, K. Yu.; Galyshev, A. A.; Berdasov, O. I.; Gribov, A. Yu.; Kolachevsky, N. N.; Slyusarev, S. N.

    2015-07-01

    The secondary laser cooling of a cloud of strontium-88 atoms on the 1 S 0-3 P 1 (689 nm) intercombination transition captured into a magneto-optical trap has been demonstrated. We describe in detail the recapture of atoms from the primary trap operating on the strong 1 S 0-1 P 1 (461 nm) transition and determine the recapture coefficient ?, the number of atoms, and their temperature in the secondary trap as a function of experimental parameters. A temperature of 2 K has been reached in the secondary trap at the recapture coefficient ? = 6%, which confirms the secondary cooling efficiency and is sufficient to perform metrological measurements of the 1 S 0-3 P 1 (698 nm) clock transition in an optical lattice.

  9. Evidence for laser cooling in a magnesium atomic beam

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    Beverini, N.; De Pascalis, S.; Maccioni, E.; Pereira, D.; Strumia, F.; Vissani, G.; Wang, Y.Z.; Novero, C.

    1989-04-01

    Laser cooling in a Mg atomic beam is reported for the first time to our knowledge. Previous cooling experiments were performed by using visible or infrared lasers. The Mg atoms were cooled by using an intracavity frequency-doubled dye laser at 285 nm to reach the resonant /sup 1/S/sub 0/--/sup 1/P/sub 1/ transition. Evidence of laser cooling was obtained even with the limited available laser power (approx. =1--2 mW).

  10. Navigating more precisely with laser clocks

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    Mileti, Gaetano; Affolderbach, Christoph; Droz, Fabien; Murphy, Eamonn

    2005-05-01

    The development of the key technologies, particularly in terms of reliable diode lasers and atomic vapour cells, will pave the way towards low-power and miniature - ultimately chip-scale - atomic clocks for industrial and domestic use.

  11. Gravitational Wave Detection with Single-Laser Atom Interferometers

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    Yu, Nan; Tinto, Massimo

    2011-01-01

    A new design for a broadband detector of gravitational radiation relies on two atom interferometers separated by a distance L. In this scheme, only one arm and one laser are used for operating the two atom interferometers. The innovation here involves the fact that the atoms in the atom interferometers are not only considered as perfect test masses, but also as highly stable clocks. Atomic coherence is intrinsically stable, and can be many orders of magnitude more stable than a laser.

  12. Increasing the output power of single 808-nm laser diodes using diamond submounts produced by microwave plasma chemical vapour deposition

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    Ashkinazi, E E; Bezotosnyi, V V; Bondarev, Vadim Yu; Kovalenko, V I; Konov, Vitalii I; Krokhin, Oleg N; Oleshchenko, V A; Pevtsov, Valerii F; Popov, Yurii M; Popovich, A F; Ral'chenko, Viktor G; Cheshev, E A

    2012-11-30

    We have designed and fabricated submounts from synthetic diamond grown by microwave plasma chemical vapour deposition and developed an economical process for metallising such submounts. Laser diode chips having an 808-nm emission wavelength, 3-mm-long cavity and 130-mm-wide stripe contact were mounted on copper heat sinks with the use of diamond submounts differing in quality. The devices were tested for more than 150 h in continuous mode at an output power of 8 W on diamond with a thermal conductivity of 700 W m{sup -1} K{sup -1}, and no changes in their output power were detected. On diamond with a thermal conductivity of 1600 W m{sup -1} K{sup -1}, stable cw operation for 24 h at an output power of 12 W was demonstrated. (letters)

  13. Method validation for the determination of total mercury in fish muscle by cold vapour atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Nascimento Neto, A P; Costa, L C S Magalhães; Kikuchi, A N S; Furtado, D M S; Araujo, M Q; Melo, M C C

    2012-01-01

    A method was validated for the determination of total Hg in fish muscle using continuous flow cold vapour atomic absorption (CVAAS) after microwave digestion in closed vessels. The method was validated according to European Union Regulations 333/2007 and 657/2002, considering the maximum level for the metal in fish, established by European Union regulation 1881/2006. The procedure for determining linear range, selectivity, recovery, precision, trueness, decision limit (CCα), detection capability (CCβ), measurement uncertainty and robustness of the method is reported. The results of the validation process demonstrate the method fulfils the provisions of the Commission Regulation. The selectivity study indicated that there was no matrix effect on the calibration curve between the concentration range of 1.0 and 30.0 µg Hg l(-1). The mean recovery calculated at six levels of fortification was in the range of 94-104%. The limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) values were 4.90 and 15.7 µg kg(-1), while the CCα and CCβ values were 0.517 and 0.533 mg kg(-1), respectively, for the maximum contaminant level of 0.500 mg kg(-1). The relative expanded measurement uncertainty of the method was 0.055 mg kg(-1). The method was not affected by slight variations of some critical factors (ruggedness minor changes) as sample mass and volume of the HNO(3) and H(2)O(2) used in the digestion step. The method allowed accurate confirmation analyses of the CRM DORM 3. In fact, the Z-scores attained in a proficiency test round were well below the reference value of 2.0, proving the excellent performance of the laboratory. PMID:22250927

  14. Laser theory with finite atom-field interacting time

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    Yu, Deshui; Chen, Jingbiao

    2008-07-01

    We investigate the influence of atomic transit time τ on the laser linewidth by the quantum Langevin approach. With comparing the bandwidths of cavity mode κ , atomic polarization γab , and atomic transit broadening τ-1 , we study the laser linewidth in different limits. We also discuss the spectrum of fluctuations of output field and the influence of pumping statistics on the output field.The influence of atomic transit time τ on laser field has not been carefully discussed before, to our knowledge. In particular, a laser operating in the region of γab≪τ-1≪κ/2 appears not to have been analyzed in previous laser theories. Our work could be a useful complementarity to laser theory. It is also an important theoretical foundation for the recently proposed active optical atomic clock based on bad-cavity laser mechanism.

  15. Measuring fast variations of δ^{18}O and δ^2H in atmospheric water vapour using laser spectroscopy: an instrument inter-comparison and characterisation study

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    Aemisegger, F.; Sturm, P.; Graf, P.; Sodemann, H.; Pfahl, S.; Knohl, A.; Wernli, H.

    2012-04-01

    Fast variations of stable water isotopes in water vapour have become measurable lately using novel laser spectroscopic techniques. This allows us to perform process-based investigations of the atmospheric water cycle at the time scales of significant weather events. An important prerequisite for such studies implying automatic field measurements lasting for several weeks or even months is a detailed knowledge about sources of uncertainty and instrument properties. We present a comprehensive characterisation and comparison study of two commercial laser spectroscopic systems based on cavity ring-down spectroscopy (Picarro) and off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy (Los Gatos Resarch). The old versions (L1115-i, WVIA) and the new versions (L2130-i, WVIA-EP) of both systems were tested. The uncertainty components of the measurements were assessed in laboratory experiments, focussing on effects of (i) water vapour mixing ratio, (ii) measurement stability, (iii) uncertainties due to calibration and (iv) response times of the isotope measurements due to adsorption-desorption processes on the tubing and measurement cavity walls. Knowledge from our laboratory experiments was used to setup a one-week field campaign for comparing measurements of the ambient isotope signals from the L1115-i and WVIA systems. The optimal calibration strategy determined for both instruments was applied as well as the correction functions for water vapour mixing ratio effects. Using this field measurement data we address the question of how well the deuterium excess (d=δ2H-8δ18O) of atmospheric water vapour can be determined with laser spectroscopy. The deuterium excess is an interesting parameter for process-based atmospheric water cycle studies, which depends on humidity and temperature conditions at source location of water vapour. Up to now only very few high-time-resolution measurements of deuterium excess exist. Our concurrent measurements of atmospheric isotopes in water vapour using the two analysers allow us to evaluate the precision and accuracy of atmospheric deuterium-excess measurements.

  16. Dual-Beam Atom Laser Driven by Spinor Dynamics

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    Thompson, Robert; Lundblad, Nathan; Maleki, Lute; Aveline, David

    2007-01-01

    An atom laser now undergoing development simultaneously generates two pulsed beams of correlated Rb-87 atoms. (An atom laser is a source of atoms in beams characterized by coherent matter waves, analogous to a conventional laser, which is a source of coherent light waves.) The pumping mechanism of this atom laser is based on spinor dynamics in a Bose-Einstein condensate. By virtue of the angular-momentum conserving collisions that generate the two beams, the number of atoms in one beam is correlated with the number of atoms in the other beam. Such correlations are intimately linked to entanglement and squeezing in atomic ensembles, and atom lasers like this one could be used in exploring related aspects of Bose-Einstein condensates, and as components of future sensors relying on atom interferometry. In this atom-laser apparatus, a Bose-Einstein condensate of about 2 x 10(exp 6) Rb-87 atoms at a temperature of about 120 micro-K is first formed through all-optical means in a relatively weak singlebeam running-wave dipole trap that has been formed by focusing of a CO2-laser beam. By a technique that is established in the art, the trap is loaded from an ultrahigh-vacuum magnetooptical trap that is, itself, loaded via a cold atomic beam from an upstream two-dimensional magneto-optical trap that resides in a rubidium-vapor cell that is differentially pumped from an adjoining vacuum chamber, wherein are performed scientific observations of the beams ultimately generated by the atom laser.

  17. A compact laser system for the cold atom gravimeter

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    Wang, Qiyu; Wang, Zhaoying; Fu, Zhijie; Liu, Weiyong; Lin, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    With the rapid development of the technologies in the field of laser cooling atoms, a portable and stable laser system is urgently required for the wide applications based on the cold atoms. In this paper, we report a modular laser system for a gravimeter based on atom interferometry, which enable us to realize high-precision gravity measurements outside of laboratory. The system is based on two distributed feedback (DFB) laser diodes of 1560 nm, which are used as the master laser and the reference laser respectively. The frequency of the reference laser is locked on a rubidium transition, the master laser is frequency locked on the reference one by the method of beat locking. The master laser is power amplified firstly by the erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA), and then frequency doubled by using a periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystal to obtain 1 W laser output at 780 nm. The repumping and Raman lasers are generated by adding an electro-optic modulation on the master laser, featuring extremely low phase noise. With this laser system, we obtain a cloud of 87Rb atoms with a temperature of 5 μKin a magneto-optical trapping. And a gravity resolution of 1.0 ×10-8 g within 200 s integration time is reached.

  18. Nonlinear spectroscopy of cold atoms in diffuse laser light.

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    Zhang, Wen-Zhuo; Cheng, Hua-Dong; Xiao, Ling; Liu, Liang; Wang, Yu-Zhu

    2009-02-16

    The nonlinear spectroscopy of cold atoms in the diffuse laser cooling system is studied in this paper. We present the theoretical models of the recoil-induced resonances (RIR) and the electromagnetically-induced absorption (EIA) of cold atoms in diffuse laser light, and show their signals in an experiment of cooling (87)Rb atomic vapor in an integrating sphere. The theoretical results are in good agreement with the experimental ones when the light intensity distribution in the integrating sphere is considered. The differences between nonlinear spectra of cold atoms in the diffuse laser light and in the optical molasses are also discussed. PMID:19219193

  19. Development of laser excited atomic fluorescence and ionization methods

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    Winefordner, J.D.

    1991-01-01

    Progress report: May 1, 1988 to December 31, 1991. The research supported by DE-FG05-88ER13881 during the past (nearly) 3 years can be divided into the following four categories: (1) theoretical considerations of the ultimate detection powers of laser fluorescence and laser ionization methods; (2) experimental evaluation of laser excited atomic fluorescence; (3) fundamental studies of atomic and molecular parameters in flames and plasmas; (4) other studies.

  20. A dual-stage laser ablation source for cold atoms?

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    Farmer, William; Amonson, Michael; Bergeson, Scott

    2007-06-01

    A recent publication reports a low velocity, low divergence atomic beam generated by laser ablation [RSI 76, 113302 (2005)]. The reported velocities of 40 m/s and divergences of 20 mrad seem physically impossible for ablation sources. They were determined indirectly by measuring the index of refraction using a far-off-resonance laser. We report our efforts to reproduce this experiment and to measure the atomic density and velocity directly using laser induced fluorescence in an ablated calcium beam.

  1. Electroionization lasers using electron transitions in inert gas atoms

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    Basov, N. G.; Danilychev, V. A.; Kholin, I. V.

    1986-04-01

    Recent developments in high-power quasi-continuous-wave lasers based on electron transitions in inert gas atoms and pumped by fast electrons or by the electroionization method are reviewed. In particular, attention is given to high-pressure lasers using atomic transitions in XeI, KrI, ArI, and NeI which generate in the visible and near-infrared regions of the spectrum. The advantages of these lasers over other high-power lasers and, particularly, over the CO2 laser are examined.

  2. Laser Methods in the Study of Nuclei, Atoms and Molecules

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    Inamura, Takashi T.

    2005-01-01

    The VIth International Workshop on Application of Lasers in Atomic Nuclei Research was held at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan in Poland from May 24 to 27, 2004. Its title this year was "Laser methods in the study of nuclei, atoms and molecules". Some topics are reviewed from a viewpoint of the atomic physics contribution to nuclear physics and its applications. It is suggested how this meeting should be organized in the future by taking the new geopolitics into account.

  3. Laser optical pumping of sodium and lithium atom beams

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    Cusma, J.T.

    1983-01-01

    The method of optical pumping with a continuous wave dye laser has been used to produce beams of polarized /sup 23/Na atoms and polarized /sup 6/Li atoms. Optical pumping of a /sup 23/Na atom beam using either a multimode dye laser or a single frequency dye laser with a double passed acousto-optic modulator results in electron spin polarizations of 0.70-0.90 and nuclear spin polarizations of 0.75-0.90. Optical pumping of a /sup 6/Li atom beam using a single frequency dye laser either with an acousto-optic modulator or with Doppler shift pumping results in electron spin polarizations of 0.77-0.95 and nuclear spin polarizations greater than 0.90. The polarization of the atom beam is measured using either the laser induced fluorescence in an intermediate magnetic field or a 6-pole magnet to determine the occupation probabilities of the ground hyperfine sublevels following optical pumping. The results of the laser optical pumping experiments agree with the results of a rate equation analysis of the optical pumping process which predicts that nearly all atoms are transferred into a single sublevel for our values of laser intensity and interaction time. The use of laser optical pumping in a polarized ion source for nuclear scattering experiments is discussed. The laser optical pumping method provides a means of constructing an intense source of polarized Li and Na ions.

  4. PHARAO space atomic clocks: new developments on the laser source

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    Saccoccio, Muriel; Loesel, Jacques; Coatantiec, Claude; Simon, Eric; Laurent, Philippe; Lemonde, Pierre; Maksimovic, I.; Abgrall, M.

    2004-06-01

    The PHARAO project purpose is to open the way for a new atomic clock generation in space, where laser cooling techniques and microgravity allow high frequency stability and accuracy. The French space agency, CNES is funding and managing the clock construction. The French SYRTE and LKB laboratories are scientific and technical advisers for the clock requirements and the follow-up of subsystem development in industrial companies. EADS SODERN is developing two main subsystems of the PHARAO clock: the Laser Source and the Cesium Tube where atoms are cooled, launched, selected and detected by laser beams. The Laser Source includes an optical bench and electronic devices to generate the laser beams required. This paper describes PHARAO and the role laser beams play in its principle of operation. Then we present the Laser Source design, the technologies involved, and the status of development. Lastly, we focus of a key equipment to reach the performances expected, which is the extended Cavity Laser Diode.

  5. Preparation, characterisation and optimisation of lithium battery anodes consisting of silicon synthesised using Laser assisted Chemical Vapour Pyrolysis

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    Veliscek, Ziga; Perse, Lidija Slemenik; Dominko, Robert; Kelder, Erik; Gaberscek, Miran

    2015-01-01

    Suitability of silicon prepared using Laser assisted Chemical Vapour Pyrolysis (LaCVP) as a potential anode material in lithium batteries is systematically investigated. Its compositional, morphological, physical-chemical and electrochemical properties are compared to a current benchmark commercial silicon. Important differences in particle size and particle composition are found which, as shown, affect critically the rheological properties of the corresponding electrode slurries. In order to overcome the rheological problems of prepared nanosilicon, we introduce and optimise a spraying method instead of using the usual casting technique for slurry application. Interestingly, the optimised electrodes show similar electrochemical performance, regardless of the particle size or composition of nanosilicon. This unexpected result is explained by the unusually high resistance of electrochemical wiring in silicon-based electrodes (about 60 Ohm per 1 mg cm-2 of active material loading). Despite that, the optimised material still shows a capacity up to 1200 mA h g-1 at a relatively high loading of 1.6 mg cm-2 and after 20 cycles. On the other hand, by decreasing the loading to below ca. 0.9 mg cm-2 the wiring problems are effectively overcome and capacities close to theoretical values can be obtained.

  6. Miniature, atomically referenced offset phase-locked laser for cold-atom sensors

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    Pino, Juan; Luey, Ben; Bickman, Sarah; Anderson, Mike

    2012-06-01

    As ultracold atom sensors begin to see their way to the field, there is a growing need for small, accurate, and robust laser systems to cool and manipulate atoms for sensing applications such as magnetometers, gravimeters, atomic clocks and inertial sensing. In this poster we present an ultracompact, frequency agile laser source, referenced to a hyperfine transition of ^87Rb. The laser system is housed in a package roughly the size of a stack of business cards, is hermetically sealed, and contains no moving parts -- ideal for field deployment. The laser system includes two lasers with independent temperature control, a Rb-filled vapor cell, a high-speed photodetector for monitoring the offset frequency between the lasers, as well the necessary optical isolation. We will present designs of the ultracompact laser system, as well as quantitative results including size, weight, expected power consumption, frequency agility, and frequency stability.

  7. Investigations of laser pumped gas cell atomic frequency standard

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    Volk, C. H.; Camparo, J. C.; Fueholz, R. P.

    1982-01-01

    The performance characteristics of a rubidium gas cell atomic frequency standard might be improved by replacing the standard rubidium discharge lamp with a single mode laser diode. Aspects of the laser pumped gas cell atomic clock studied include effects due to laser intensity, laser detuning, and the choice of the particular atomic absorption line. Results indicate that the performance of the gas cell clock may be improved by judicious choice of the operating parameters of the laser diode. The laser diode also proved to be a valuable tool in investigating the operation of the conventional gas cell clock. Results concerning linewidths, the light shift effect and the effect of isotopic spin exchange in the conventional gas cell clock are reported.

  8. Recent progress of laser cooling for neutral mercury atom

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    Liu, Kang-Kang; Zhao, Ru-Chen; Fu, Xiao-Hu; Hu, Jin-Meng; Feng, Yan; Xu, Zhen; Wang, Yu-Zhu

    2014-11-01

    Mercury is the heaviest stable atom that could be laser cooled, and have a large nuclear charge number. So it has a distinct advantage in quantum precision measurement such as fine-structure constant α and permanent electric dipole moment. Due to its insensitivity of black body radiation, atomic mercury is a good candidate of optical clock. Here we report our recent development of laser cooling of neutral mercury atom. By cooling the mercury source to about -70°C, an ultra-high vacuum system was realized to produce ultracold mercury atoms. The commercial frequency quadrupled semiconductor laser is locked on the cooling transition (1S0-3P1 transition, wavelength of 253.7 nm) by sub-Doppler frequency modulation spectroscopy. By the modification with feed-forward method, the UV laser becomes faster tunable and more stable. A folded beam configuration was used to realize the magneto-optical trap (MOT) because of the shortage of cooling laser power, and the ultracold mercury atoms were observed by fluorescence detection. All of six rich abundant isotopes have been observed, and the atom number is about 1.5×106 with density of 3.5×109 /cm3 for 202Hg. With optical shutter and the programmable system to control the time sequence, the temperature of ultracold atoms can be measured by time of flight method. To enhance the laser power, a 1014.8 nm fiber laser amplifier was developed, which can work at room temperature. After two stages of frequency doubling, about 75 mW of 253.7 nm UV laser were generated, and the saturated absorption spectroscopy of mercury atom was also observed. More power of UV laser could help to trap more atoms in the future. These works laid a good foundation to realize the mercury lattice clock.

  9. Search for a permanent EDM using laser cooled radioactive atom

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    Kawamura, Hirokazu; Ando, S.; Aoki, T.; Arikawa, H.; Ezure, S.; Harada, K.; Hayamizu, T.; Inoue, T.; Ishikawa, T.; Itoh, M.; Kato, K.; Kato, T.; Nataraj, H. S.; Sato, T.; Uchiyama, A.; Aoki, T.; Furukawa, T.; Hatakeyama, A.; Hatanaka, K.; Imai, K.; Murakami, T.; Shimizu, Y.; Wakasa, T.; Yoshida, H. P.; Sakemi, Y.

    2014-03-01

    The search for the electric-dipole moment (EDM) of laser-cooled francium (Fr) atoms could lead to a measurement for the electron EDM. It is predicted that the electron EDM would be enhanced by approximately three orders of magnitude in heavy atoms such as Fr. Laser-cooling and trapping techniques are expected to suppress statistical and systematic errors in precision measurements. The magneto-optical trap was achieved using stable rubidium in a developing factory of laser-cooled radioactive atoms. In light of the results from the rubidium experiments, we found that an upgrade of each apparatus is preferred for Fr trapping.

  10. Optically pumped semiconductor lasers for atomic and molecular physics

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    Burd, S.; Leibfried, D.; Wilson, A. C.; Wineland, D. J.

    2015-03-01

    Experiments in atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics rely on lasers at many different wavelengths and with varying requirements on spectral linewidth, power and intensity stability. Optically pumped semiconductor lasers (OPSLs), when combined with nonlinear frequency conversion, can potentially replace many of the laser systems currently in use. We are developing a source for laser cooling and spectroscopy of Mg+ ions at 280 nm, based on a frequency quadrupled OPSL with the gain chip fabricated at the ORC at Tampere Univ. of Technology, Finland. This OPSL system could serve as a prototype for many other sources used in atomic and molecular physics.

  11. Coupling of non-selective adsorption with selective elution for novel in-line separation and detection of cadmium by vapour generation atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Zhang, Yanlin; Adeloju, Samuel B

    2015-05-01

    Non-selective adsorption of Cd(2+) ions on a cation exchange fiber and subsequent selective elution with a KI solution has been strategically utilized to develop a highly selective in-line separation of Cd(2+) ions from other metal ions for its rapid and reliable quantification by cold vapour-atomic absorption spectrometry. After retention of Cd(2+) with a high efficiency on cation exchange fiber, selective elution of the retained Cd(2+) was subsequently accomplished with 0.3M KI. Vapour generation of Cd for in-line CV-AAS determination was then achieved by merging the eluate with HCl and NaBH4. Interferences from most base metals with the vapour generation of Cd were eliminated by this approach, with the exception of Pb(2+)ions which was removed by co-precipitation with BaSO4 prior to the in-line separation. Substantial improvement in sensitivity of the in-line CV-AAS determination of Cd was achieved by increasing the sample loading time. A detection limit of 0.6 ng L(-1) (3σ) was obtained with sample loading time of 120 s, corresponding to a consumption of 24 mL of sample solution. Application of the method to the determination of Cd in certified sediment and fish samples gave a good agreement with the certified values. Further validation by recovery study in real fish sample digests and water gave average Cd recoveries of 98.7±1.0% for fish and 92±3% for water with RSD of 1.5% for fish and 4% for water, respectively. PMID:25770618

  12. Quantum kinetic theory model of a continuous atom laser

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    Dennis, G. R.; Davis, Matthew J.; Hope, J. J.

    2012-07-01

    We investigate the feasible limits for realizing a continuously evaporated atom laser with high-temperature sources. A plausible scheme for realizing a truly continuous atom laser is to outcouple atoms from a partially condensed Bose gas while continuously reloading the system with noncondensed thermal atoms and performing evaporative cooling. Here we use quantum kinetic theory to model this system and estimate feasible limits for the operation of such a scheme. For sufficiently high temperatures, the figure of merit for the source is shown to be the phase-space flux. The dominant process limiting the usage of sources with low phase-space flux is the three-body loss of the condensed gas. We conclude that certain double-magneto-optical trap sources may produce substantial mean condensate numbers through continuous evaporation and provide an atom laser source with a narrow linewidth and reasonable flux.

  13. Ferric ion induced enhancement of ultraviolet vapour generation coupled with atomic fluorescence spectrometry for the determination of ultratrace inorganic arsenic in surface water.

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    Wang, Yuelong; Lin, Lingling; Liu, Jixin; Mao, Xuefei; Wang, Jianhua; Qin, Deyuan

    2016-02-01

    A novel method of ultraviolet vapour generation (UVG) coupled with atomic fluorescence spectrometry (AFS) was developed for the determination of ultratrace inorganic arsenic (iAs) in surface water. In this work, different ferric species were utilised for the first time as an enhancement reagent for the ultraviolet vapour generation of As(iii), and their UVG efficiencies for volatile species of arsenic were investigated. 15 mg L(-1) of ferric chloride provided the greatest enhancement of approximately 10-fold, using 20% acetic acid combined with 4% formic acid with 30 s ultraviolet irradiation at 200 mL min(-1) Ar/H2 flow rate. Under the optimised conditions, the linear range was 1.0 μg L(-1)-100.0 μg L(-1), and the spiked recoveries were 92%-98%. The limit of detection was 0.05 μg L(-1) for iAs, and the relative standard deviation (RSD) value of the repeated measurements was 2.0% (n = 11). This method was successfully applied to the determination of ultratrace iAs in tap water, river water, and lake water samples using 0.2% H2SO4 (v : v) as the sample preserver. The obtained values for the water samples of certified reference materials (CRMs) including GSB-Z50004-200431, GBW08605 and GBW(E)080390 were all within the certified ranges. PMID:26765360

  14. Automated determination of inorganic mercury in blood after sulfuric acid treatment using cold vapour atomic absorption spectrometry and an inductively heated gold trap.

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    Bergdahl, I A; Schütz, A; Hansson, G A

    1995-04-01

    Inorganic mercury (InoHg) in whole blood and erythrocytes was determined by cold vapour atomic absorption spectrometry (CVAAS) after overnight treatment with sulfuric acid at 45 degrees C and reduction with SnII in the acidic mixture. Total mercury (TotHg) was determined after digestion with a mixture of nitric and perchloric acids. Mercury vapour was preconcentrated on an amalgamation trap made of gold wire. The mercury was rapidly released by inductive heating of the trap. InoHg could be determined specifically in the presence of methylmercury (MeHg). The concentration of MeHg could be calculated by subtracting the concentration of InoHg from that of TotHg. Calculated concentrations of MeHg in erythrocytes showed a strong correlation with the results of a gas chromatographic method, though a discrepancy in calibration was indicated. The detection limits (3 s) in blood (0.5 g) were 0.06 ng g-1 for TotHg and 0.04 ng g-1 for InoHg and S(r) for a 5 ng g-1 whole blood sample was 2% (n = 10) for both TotHg and InoHg. PMID:7771681

  15. Time-based on-line preconcentration cold vapour generation procedure for ultra-trace mercury determination with inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry.

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    Anthemidis, Aristidis N; Zachariadis, George A; Michos, Christos E; Stratis, John A

    2004-07-01

    A time-based sequential dispensing on-line column preconcentration procedure for mercury determination at trace levels by cold vapour generation inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (CV-ICP-AES), by means of a unified module of a preconcentration column and a gas-liquid separator (PCGLS) is described. The complex of mercury formed on-line with ammonium pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (APDC) is retained on the surface of the hydrophobic poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) turnings, which are packed into the lower compartment of the PCGLS. Subsequently, mercury vapour is generated directly on the PTFE turnings by reductant SnCl(2) and separated from the liquid mixture via the PCGLS by argon purge gas. The outlet of the PCGLS is connected directly to the torch adapter of the plasma without the normal spray chamber and nebulizer. With 60-s preconcentration time and 12.0 mL min(-1) sample flow rate, the sampling frequency is 30 h(-1). The calibration curve is linear over the concentration range 0.02-5.0 microg L(-1), the detection limit ( c(L)) is 0.01 microg L(-1) and the relative standard deviation ( s(r)) is 3.1% at the 1.0 microg L(-1) level. The proposed method was evaluated by analysis of BCR CRM 278 (Mytilus Edulis) reference material and applied to the determination of total mercury in digested urine, blood and hair samples. PMID:15067491

  16. Polarization of an atomic Na beam by laser optical pumping

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    Anderson, L.W.; Cusma, J.T.

    1984-05-25

    A highly polarized atomic /sup 23/Na beam is produced by optical pumping using either a multimode cw dye laser or a single mode ring dye laser followed by a double pass acousto-optic modulator. Electron spin polarizations of 0.72 to 0.90 are obtained.

  17. Polarization of an atomic sodium beam by laser optical pumping

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    Cusma, J.T.; Anderson, L.W.

    1983-08-01

    A highly polarized /sup 23/Na atomic beam is produced by optical pumping with the use of either a multimode cw dye laser or a single-mode ring dye laser followed by a double-passed acousto-optic modulator. Electron-spin polarizations of 0.72 to 0.90 are obtained.

  18. Measuring variations of δ18O and δ2H in atmospheric water vapour using laser spectroscopy: an instrument characterisation study

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    Aemisegger, F.; Sturm, P.; Graf, P.; Sodemann, H.; Pfahl, S.; Knohl, A.; Wernli, H.

    2012-02-01

    Variations of stable water isotopes in water vapour have become measurable at a measurement frequency of about 1 Hz in recent years using novel laser spectroscopic techniques. This enables us to perform continuous measurements for process-based investigations of the atmospheric water cycle at the time scales relevant for synoptic meteorology. An important prerequisite for the interpretation of data from automated field measurements lasting for several weeks or months is a detailed knowledge about instrument properties and the sources of measurement uncertainty. We present here a comprehensive characterisation and comparison study of two commercial laser spectroscopic systems based on cavity ring-down spectroscopy (Picarro) and off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy (Los Gatos Research). The uncertainty components of the measurements were first assessed in laboratory experiments, focussing on the effects of (i) water vapour mixing ratio, (ii) measurement stability, (iii) uncertainties due to calibration and (iv) response times of the isotope measurements due to adsorption-desorption processes on the tubing and measurement cavity walls. Based on the experience from our laboratory experiments we set up a one-week field campaign for comparing measurements of the ambient isotope signals of the two laser spectroscopic systems. The optimal calibration strategy determined for both instruments was applied as well as the correction functions for water vapour mixing ratio effects. The root mean square difference between the isotope signals from the two instruments during the field deployment was 2.3‰ for δ2H, 0.5‰ for δ18O and 3.1‰ for deuterium excess. These uncertainty estimates from field measurements compare well to those found in the laboratory experiments. The present quality of measurements from laser spectroscopic instruments combined with a calibration system opens new possibilities for investigating the atmospheric water cycle and the land-atmosphere moisture fluxes.

  19. Measuring variations of δ18O and δ2H in atmospheric water vapour using two commercial laser-based spectrometers: an instrument characterisation study

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    Aemisegger, F.; Sturm, P.; Graf, P.; Sodemann, H.; Pfahl, S.; Knohl, A.; Wernli, H.

    2012-07-01

    Variations of stable water isotopes in water vapour have become measurable at a measurement frequency of about 1 Hz in recent years using novel laser spectroscopic techniques. This enables us to perform continuous measurements for process-based investigations of the atmospheric water cycle at the time scales relevant for synoptic and mesoscale meteorology. An important prerequisite for the interpretation of data from automated field measurements lasting for several weeks or months is a detailed knowledge about instrument properties and the sources of measurement uncertainty. We present here a comprehensive characterisation and comparison study of two commercial laser spectroscopic systems based on cavity ring-down spectroscopy (Picarro) and off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy (Los Gatos Research). The uncertainty components of the measurements were first assessed in laboratory experiments, focussing on the effects of (i) water vapour mixing ratio, (ii) measurement stability, (iii) uncertainties due to calibration and (iv) response times of the isotope measurements due to adsorption-desorption processes on the tubing and measurement cavity walls. Based on the experience from our laboratory experiments, we set up a one-week field campaign for comparing measurements of the ambient isotope signals from the two laser spectroscopic systems. The optimal calibration strategy determined for both instruments was applied as well as the correction functions for water vapour mixing ratio effects. The root mean square difference between the isotope signals from the two instruments during the field deployment was 2.3‰ for δ2H, 0.5‰ for δ18O and 3.1‰ for deuterium excess. These uncertainty estimates from field measurements compare well to those found in the laboratory experiments. The present quality of measurements from laser spectroscopic instruments combined with a calibration system opens new possibilities for investigating the atmospheric water cycle and the land-atmosphere moisture fluxes.

  20. Strongly driven one-atom laser and decoherence monitoring

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    Lougovski, P.; Casagrande, F.; Lulli, A.; Solano, E.

    2007-09-15

    We propose the implementation of a strongly driven one-atom laser, based on the off-resonant interaction of a three-level atom in {lambda} configuration with a single cavity mode and three laser fields. We show that the system can be described equivalently by a two-level atom resonantly coupled to the cavity and driven by a strong effective coherent field. The effective dynamics can be solved exactly, including a thermal field bath, allowing an analytical description of field statistics and entanglement properties. We also show the possible generation of quantum superposition (Schroedinger cat) states for the whole atom-field system and for the field alone after atomic measurement. We propose a way to monitor the system decoherence by measuring atomic populations. Finally, we confirm the validity of our model through numerical solutions.

  1. Laser stripping of hydrogen atoms by direct ionization

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    Brunetti, E.; Becker, W.; Bryant, H. C.; Jaroszynski, D. A.; Chou, W.

    2015-05-08

    Direct ionization of hydrogen atoms by laser irradiation is investigated as a potential new scheme to generate proton beams without stripping foils. The time-dependent Schrödinger equation describing the atom-radiation interaction is numerically solved obtaining accurate ionization cross-sections for a broad range of laser wavelengths, durations and energies. Parameters are identified where the Doppler frequency up-shift of radiation colliding with relativistic particles can lead to efficient ionization over large volumes and broad bandwidths using currently available lasers.

  2. Laser stripping of hydrogen atoms by direct ionization

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    Brunetti, E.; Becker, W.; Bryant, H. C.; Jaroszynski, D. A.; Chou, W.

    2015-05-08

    Direct ionization of hydrogen atoms by laser irradiation is investigated as a potential new scheme to generate proton beams without stripping foils. The time-dependent Schrdinger equation describing the atom-radiation interaction is numerically solved obtaining accurate ionization cross-sections for a broad range of laser wavelengths, durations and energies. Parameters are identified where the Doppler frequency up-shift of radiation colliding with relativistic particles can lead to efficient ionization over large volumes and broad bandwidths using currently available lasers.

  3. Atom lasers: Production, properties and prospects for precision inertial measurement

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    Robins, N. P.; Altin, P. A.; Debs, J. E.; Close, J. D.

    2013-08-01

    We review experimental progress on atom lasers out-coupled from Bose-Einstein condensates, and consider the properties of such beams in the context of precision inertial sensing. The atom laser is the matter-wave analogue of the optical laser. Both devices rely on Bose-enhanced scattering to produce a macroscopically populated trapped mode that is output-coupled to produce an intense beam. In both cases, the beams often display highly desirable properties such as low divergence, high spectral flux and a simple spatial mode that make them useful in practical applications, as well as the potential to perform measurements at or below the quantum projection noise limit. Both devices display similar second-order correlations that differ from thermal sources. Because of these properties, atom lasers are a promising source for application to precision inertial measurements.

  4. Entanglement generated between a single atom and a laser pulse

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    Silberfarb, Andrew; Deutsch, Ivan H.

    2004-04-01

    We quantify the entanglement generated between an atom and a laser pulse in free space. We find that the entanglement calculated using a simple closed-system Jaynes-Cummings Hamiltonian is in remarkable agreement with a full open-system calculation, even though the free-space geometry is far from the strong-coupling regime of cavity QED. We explain this result using a simple model in which the atom couples weakly to the laser, while coupling strongly to the vacuum. Additionally we place an upper bound on the total entanglement between the atom and all paraxial modes using a quantum trajectories unravelling. This upper bound provides a benchmark for atom-laser coupling.

  5. LASER COOLING: Cold atomic beams of high brightness

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    Rozhdestvensky, Yu V.

    2004-11-01

    The possibility is studied for obtaining intense cold atomic beams by using the Renyi entropy to optimise the laser cooling process. It is shown in the case of a Gaussian velocity distribution of atoms, the Renyi entropy coincides with the density of particles in the phase space. The optimisation procedure for cooling atoms by resonance optical radiation is described, which is based on the thermodynamic law of increasing the Renyi entropy in time. Our method is compared with the known methods for increasing the laser cooling efficiency such as the tuning of a laser frequency in time and a change of the atomic transition frequency in an inhomogeneous transverse field of a magnetic solenoid.

  6. Laser Assisted Free-Free Transition in Electron - Atom Collision

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    Sinha, C.; Bhatia, A. K.

    2011-01-01

    Free-free transition is studied for electron-Hydrogen atom system in ground state at very low incident energies in presence of an external homogeneous, monochromatic and linearly polarized laser field. The incident electron is considered to be dressed by the laser in a non perturbative manner by choosing the Volkov solutions in both the channels. The space part of the scattering wave function for the electron is solved numerically by taking into account the effect of electron exchange, short range as well as of the long range interactions. Laser assisted differential as well as elastic total cross sections are calculated for single photon absorption/emission in the soft photon limit, the laser intensity being much less than the atomic field intensity. A strong suppression is noted in the laser assisted cross sections as compared to the field free situations. Significant difference is noted in the singlet and the triplet cross sections.

  7. Recirculation of Laser Power in an Atomic Fountain

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    Enzer, Daphna G.; Klipstein, WIlliam M.; Moore, James D.

    2007-01-01

    A new technique for laser-cooling atoms in a cesium atomic fountain frequency standard relies on recirculation of laser light through the atom-collection region of the fountain. The recirculation, accomplished by means of reflections from multiple fixed beam-splitter cubes, is such that each of two laser beams makes three passes. As described below, this recirculation scheme offers several advantages over prior designs, including simplification of the laser system, greater optical power throughput, fewer optical and electrical connections, and simplification of beam power balancing. A typical laser-cooled cesium fountain requires the use of six laser beams arranged as three orthogonal pairs of counter-propagating beams to decelerate the atoms and hold them in a three-dimensional optical trap in vacuum. Typically, these trapping/cooling beams are linearly polarized and are positioned and oriented so that (1) counter-propagating beams in each pair have opposite linear polarizations and (2) three of the six orthogonal beams have the sum of their propagation directions pointing up, while the other three have the sum of their propagation directions pointing down. In a typical prior design, two lasers are used - one to generate the three "up" beams, the other to generate the three "down" beams. For this purpose, the output of each laser is split three ways, then the resulting six beams are delivered to the vacuum system, independently of each other, via optical fibers. The present recirculating design also requires two lasers, but the beams are not split before delivery. Instead, only one "up" beam and one oppositely polarized "down" beam are delivered to the vacuum system, and each of these beams is sent through the collection region three times. The polarization of each beam on each pass through the collection region is set up to yield the same combination of polarization and propagation directions as described above. In comparison with the prior design, the present recirculating design utilizes the available laser light more efficiently, making it possible to trap more atoms at a given laser power or the same number of atoms at a lower laser power. The present design is also simpler in that it requires fewer optical fibers, fiber couplings, and collimators, and fewer photodiodes for monitoring beam powers. Additionally, the present design alleviates the difficulty of maintaining constant ratios among power levels of the beams within each "up" or "down" triplet.

  8. Simplified atom trap using a single microwave modulated diode laser

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    Newbury, N.R.; Myatt, C.J.; Wieman, C.E.

    1993-05-01

    We have demonstrated microwave modulation of a diode laser which is operated with optical feedback from a diffraction grating. By directly modulating the diode laser current at frequencies up to 6.8 GHz, we observed 2-30% of the laser power in a single sideband for 20mW of microwave power. Using such a diode laser modulated at 6.6GHz, we have trapped {sup 87}Rb in a vapor cell. With 10mW of microwave power, the number of trapped atoms was only 15% smaller than the number obtained using two lasers in the conventional manner. A microwave modulated diode laser should also be useful for driving stimulated Raman transitions between the hyperfine levels of Rb or Cs.

  9. Simultaneous detection of methane, oxygen and water vapour utilising near-infrared diode lasers in conjunction with difference-frequency generation

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    Gustafsson, U.; Sandsten, J.; Svanberg, S.

    An all-diode-laser-based spectrometer is used for the simultaneous detection of methane, oxygen and water vapour. This is accomplished using a 760-nm diode laser and a 980-nm diode laser in conjunction with difference-frequency generation to 3.4 μm in a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal. Each of the output wavelengths is resonant with one of the molecular species. Simultaneous recordings over a 15-m open path of laboratory air are demonstrated. The recording scheme shows the wide applicability of a diode-laser-based difference-frequency spectrometer for the detection of molecular species in different wavelength ranges. By increasing the frequency of the 760-nm diode laser and decreasing the frequency of the 980-nm diode laser, a maximum continuous tuning range in the mid infrared of 3.6 cm-1 is achieved. This enables the recording of several methane lines at atmospheric pressure. Pressure-dependence studies of methane lineshapes are also performed in an absorption cell. An indoor-air methane background level of 3 ppm is measured. The signal-to-noise ratio in the recorded methane spectra indicates that sub-ppm detection of methane at atmospheric pressure is feasible.

  10. Atomic Beam Density Characterization by Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Oxley, Paul; Wihbey, Joseph

    2015-05-01

    Atomic beams are used in many atomic physics experiments, and one of the key parameters of the beam is its density. We present experimental and theoretical details of a technique to determine absolute line-integrated beam densities based on resonant laser absorption. In our experiment a thermal lithium beam is chopped and a lockin amplifier detects the laser absorption signal at the chop frequency. This method is sensitive enough to allow detection of beams with densities as low as 5×105 atoms/cc, for a 9 mm beam thickness. We also explore the possibility of extending our method by using the related technique of wavelength modulation spectroscopy. This will reduce noise in the absorption signal, allow the beam density to be determined more rapidly, and will not require the atomic beam to be chopped. We anticipate improvements of up to a factor of 100 reduction in noise and up to a factor of 1000 increase in speed.

  11. Search for electron EDM with laser cooled radioactive atom

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    Inoue, T.; Arikawa, H.; Ezure, S.; Harada, K.; Hayamizu, T.; Ishikawa, T.; Itoh, M.; Kato, T.; Kawamura, H.; Nataraj, H. S.; Sato, T.; Aoki, T.; Furukawa, T.; Hatakeyama, A.; Hatanaka, K.; Imai, K.; Murakami, T.; Shimizu, Y.; Wakasa, T.; Yoshida, H. P.; Sakemi, Y.

    2013-05-01

    The permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of the elementary particle has the sensitivity to the CP violation in the theories beyond the standard model (SM). The search for the EDM constitutes the stringent test to discriminate between the SM and beyond it. We plan to perform the electron EDM search by using the laser cooled francium (Fr) atom which has the largest enhancement factor of the electron EDM in the alkali atoms. In this paper, the present status of the laser cooled Fr factory that is being constructed at Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center (CYRIC), Tohoku University are reported.

  12. Cold-atom dynamics in crossed-laser-beam waveguides

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    Torrontegui, E.; Muga, J. G.; Echanobe, J.; Ruschhaupt, A.; Guery-Odelin, D.

    2010-10-15

    We study the dynamics of neutral cold atoms in an L-shaped crossed-beam optical waveguide formed by two perpendicular red-detuned lasers of different intensities and a blue-detuned laser at the corner. The motion in one sense is optimized, and the motion in the other sense may be suppressed even if it is energetically allowed. Quantum and classical simulations are performed and give similar results. Complemented with a vibrational cooling process we find a range of parameters for which this setting works as a one-way device or 'atom diode'.

  13. Interferometric Laser Cooling of Atomic Rubidium.

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    Dunning, Alexander; Gregory, Rachel; Bateman, James; Himsworth, Matthew; Freegarde, Tim

    2015-08-14

    We report the 1D cooling of ^{85}Rb atoms using a velocity-dependent optical force based upon Ramsey matter-wave interferometry. Using stimulated Raman transitions between ground hyperfine states, 12 cycles of the interferometer sequence cool a freely moving atom cloud from 21 to 3 μK. This pulsed analog of continuous-wave Doppler cooling is effective at temperatures down to the recoil limit; with augmentation pulses to increase the interferometer area, it should cool more quickly than conventional methods and be more suitable for species that lack a closed radiative transition. PMID:26317719

  14. Long Range Interactions With Laser Cooled Neutral Atoms

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    Gattobigio, Giovanni Luca; Michaud, Franck; Labeyrie, Guillaume; Kaiser, Robin; Loureiro, Jorge; Mendonca, Jose Tito; Tercas, Hugo; Pohl, Thomas

    2008-09-07

    Multiple scattering of light in a trap of laser cooled neutral atoms leads to repulsion forces between the atoms. The corresponding interactions have long range behavior in 1/r{sup 2} and are thus similar to Coulomb interaction in an one component confined plasma. Consequences of these interactions will be described in this paper, including the limitation of the spatial density one can obtain in such systems and self-sustained oscillations of the cloud.

  15. LASER COOLING: 'Microwave' technique for atoms

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    Rivlin, Lev A.

    2008-12-01

    The mechanisms of the transport of cold atomic ensembles and transformation of their parameters in potential channels and wells treated by analogy of electromagnetic microwave waveguides and hollow resonators are considered. The possibility of performing various manipulations with such ensembles, in particular, the isothermal phase transition to a Bose—Einstein condensate is pointed out.

  16. Sub-Doppler laser cooling of potassium atoms

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    Landini, M.; Roy, S.; Carcagni, L.; Trypogeorgos, D.; Fattori, M.; Inguscio, M.; Modugno, G.

    2011-10-15

    We investigate the sub-Doppler laser cooling of bosonic potassium isotopes, whose small hyperfine splitting has so far prevented cooling below the Doppler temperature. We find instead that the combination of a dark optical molasses scheme that naturally arises in this kind of system and an adiabatic ramping of the laser parameters allows us to reach sub-Doppler temperatures for small laser detunings. We demonstrate temperatures as low as 25{+-}3 {mu}K and 47{+-}5 {mu}K in high-density samples of the two isotopes {sup 39}K and {sup 41}K, respectively. Our findings should find application to other atomic systems.

  17. LASER COOLING OF ATOMS: Study of transitions in thulium atoms in the 410-420-nm range for laser cooling

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    Akimov, A. V.; Chebakov, K. Yu; Tolstikhina, I. Yu; Sokolov, A. V.; Rodionov, P. B.; Kanorsky, S. I.; Sorokin, V. N.; Kolachevsky, N. N.

    2008-10-01

    The possibility of laser cooling of thulium atoms is considered. The hyperfine structure of almost cyclic 4f136s2 (Jg = 7/2) <--> 4f125d3/26s2 (Je = 9/2) and 4f136s2 (Jg = 7/2) <--> 4f125d5/26s2 (Je = 9/2) transitions at 410.6 and 420.4 nm, respectively, is studied by the method of sub-Doppler saturation spectroscopy in counterpropagating laser beams. The hyperfine splitting of excited levels involved in these transitions is measured and the natural linewidths of these transitions are determined. The structure of the neighbouring 4f136s6p (Je = 5/2) and 4f125d5/26s2 (Je = 7/2) levels is studied for the first time by this method. The decay probabilities of the Je = 9/2 levels via channels removing atoms from the cooling cycle are calculated. It is found that the branching ratio for the strong transition at 410.6 nm (A = 6×107 s-1) is smaller than 2×10-5, which makes this transition most promising for laser cooling. The laser cooling of atoms in a Zeeman cooler at this transition is simulated. The possibility of using a laser-cooled cloud of thulium atoms to study the metrological transition at 1.14 μm is discussed.

  18. Search for a permanent EDM with laser cooled radioactive atom

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    Sakemi, Yasuhiro

    2014-09-01

    To explore the mechanism for the generation of the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe, the study on fundamental symmetry violation using the trapped radioactive atoms with laser cooling techniques is being promoted. An Electric Dipole Moment (EDM) of the elementary particle is a good prove to observe the phenomena beyond the Standard Model. A finite value of EDM means the violation of the time reversal symmetry, and the CP violation under the CPT invariance. In paramagnetic atoms, an electron EDM results in an atomic EDM enhanced by the factor of the 3rd power of the charge of the nucleus due the relativistic effects. A heaviest alkali element francium (Fr), which is the radioactive atom, has the largest enhancement factor K ~ 895 in atomic system. Then, we are developing a high intensity laser cooled Fr factory at Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center (CYRIC), Tohoku University to search for the EDM of Fr with the accuracy of 10-29 e cm. To overcome the current accuracy limit of the EDM, it is necessary to realize the high intensity Fr source and to reduce the systematic error due to the motional magnetic field and inhomogeneous applied field. To reduce the dominant component of the systematic errors mentioned above, we will confine the Fr atoms in the small region with the Magneto-Optical Trap (MOT) and optical lattice using the laser cooling and trapping techniques. The construction of the experimental apparatus is making progress, and the new thermal ionizer already produces the Fr of ~ 10 6 ions/s with the primary beam intensity 200 nA. The extracted Fr ion beam is transported to the neutralizer, which is located 10 m downstream, and the produced neutral Fr atoms are introduced into the MOT to load the next trapping system such as the optical dipole force trap and optical lattice. The coherence time will be increased in the laser trapping system, and the present status of the experiment will be reported.

  19. Guiding cold atoms in a hollow laser beam

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    Xu, Xinye; Minogin, V. G.; Lee, Kwanil; Wang, Yuzhu; Jhe, Wonho

    1999-12-01

    The theory of atom guiding in a far blue-detuned hollow laser beam (HLB) is developed for the dipole interaction scheme described by a three-level Λ model. The complete kinetic description of atomic motion based on the Fokker-Planck equation for the atomic distribution function is presented. The dipole gradient force, radiation pressure force, and momentum diffusion tensor are then derived. It is found that even for a far-detuned laser beam, the optical potential for a three-level Λ atom is not generally reduced to a sum of two independent potentials associated with the two two-level interactions in the Λ scheme. The theory developed here is also compared with the experimental guiding of cold 85Rb atoms in the HLB. The experimental results are found to be in good agreement with the Monte Carlo simulations based on the three-level Λ model. We observe that the guiding efficiency depends strongly on the intensity and the detuning of the HLB and the initial temperature of atoms. In particular, the experimental results show that, at small detunings, the guiding efficiency is deteriorated strongly by the radiation pressure force. The Monte Carlo simulations also indicate that the efficiency of guiding versus detuning depends strongly on the direction of the HLB propagation with respect to that of atomic motion. Under optimal conditions, the guiding efficiency was found to be about 20%.

  20. A new laser cooling method for lithium atom interferometry

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    Kim, Geena

    An atom interferometer offers means to measure physical constants and physical quantities with a high precision, with relatively low cost and convenience as a table-top experiment. A precision measurement of a gravitational acceleration can test fundamental physics concepts such as Einstein equivalence principle (EEP). We identified that the two lithium isotopes (7Li and 6Li) have an advantage for the test of EEP, according to the standard model extension (SME). We aim to build the world's first lithium atom interferometer and test the Einstein equivalence principle. We demonstrate a new laser cooling method suitable for a lithium atom interferometer. Although lithium is often used in ultra-cold atom experiments for its interesting physical properties and measurement feasibility, it is more difficult to laser cool lithium than other alkali atoms due to its unresolved hyperfine states, light mass (large recoil velocity) and high temperature from the oven. Typically, standard laser cooling techniques such as Zeeman slowers and magneto-optical traps are used to cool lithium atoms to about 1 mK, and the evaporative cooling method is used to cool lithium atoms to a few muK for Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) experiments. However, for the atom interferometry purpose, the evaporative cooling method is not ideal for several reasons: First, its cooling efficiency is so low (0.01 % or less) that typically only 104-105 atoms are left after cooling when one begins with 10. 9 atoms. More atoms in anatom interferometer are needed to have a better signal to noise ratio. Second, an evaporative cooling is used to make a BEC, but we do not need a BEC to make an atom interferometer. In an atom interferometer, a high density of atoms as in a BEC should be avoided since it causes a phase shift due to atom interactions. Third, a setup for an evaporative cooling requires intricate RF generating coils or a high power laser. With a simple optical lattice and a moderate laser power (100 mW), we achieved a sub-Doppler cooling of lithium by a new laser cooling method despite the fact that lithium has un-resolved hyperfine structure. We identified that the Sisyphus cooling and the adiabatic cooling mechanisms cooperate and give both lower temperature and higher cooling efficiency than the result that can be achieved by each alone. We cooled 7Li atoms to ˜ 50 muK (about 8 times the recoil temperature) in a one dimensional lattice with cooling efficiency of 50%. In three dimensions the cooling temperature was limited to 90,muK due to instability of our 3D lattice, however the same principle applies and potentially a lower temperature can be achieved in 3D as well.

  1. Secondary laser cooling and capturing of thulium atoms in traps

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    Sukachev, D. D.; Kalganova, E. S.; Sokolov, A. V.; Fedorov, S. A.; Vishnyakova, G. A.; Akimov, A. V.; Kolachevsky, N. N.; Sorokin, V. N.

    2014-06-01

    Secondary laser cooling has been realised on the weak dipole transition 4f13(2Fo)6s2, J = 7/2, F=4 → 4f12(3H6) 5d5/26s2, J' = 9/2, F' = 5 with the wavelength of 530.7 nm and natural width of 350 kHz. The temperature of the atomic cloud in a magnetooptical trap (MOT) was 30 μK at the lifetime of 2 s and the number of atoms 105. Approximately 1% of atoms from the MOT have been reloaded to an optical dipole trap and to one-dimensional optical lattice at the wavelength of 532 nm. The atom lifetime in the optical lattice was 320 ms. We propose to employ thulium atoms captured in an optical lattice as an optical frequency reference.

  2. Rate-equation approach to atomic-laser light statistics

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    Chusseau, Laurent; Arnaud, Jacques; Philippe, Fabrice

    2002-11-01

    We consider three- and four-level atomic lasers that are either incoherently (unidirectionally) or coherently (bidirectionally) pumped, the single-mode cavity being resonant with the laser transition. The intracavity Fano factor and the photocurrent spectral density are evaluated on the basis of rate equations. According to that approach, fluctuations are caused by jumps in active and detecting atoms. The algebra is simple. Whenever a comparison is made, the expressions obtained coincide with the previous results. The conditions under which the output light exhibits sub-Poissonian statistics are considered in detail. Analytical results, based on linearization, are verified by comparison with Monte Carlo simulations. An essentially exhaustive investigation of sub-Poissonian light generation by three- and four-level lasers has been performed. Only special forms were reported earlier.

  3. Ion microscopy based on laser-cooled cesium atoms.

    PubMed

    Viteau, M; Reveillard, M; Kime, L; Rasser, B; Sudraud, P; Bruneau, Y; Khalili, G; Pillet, P; Comparat, D; Guerri, I; Fioretti, A; Ciampini, D; Allegrini, M; Fuso, F

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate a prototype of a Focused Ion Beam machine based on the ionization of a laser-cooled cesium beam and adapted for imaging and modifying different surfaces in the few-tens nanometer range. Efficient atomic ionization is obtained by laser promoting ground-state atoms into a target excited Rydberg state, then field-ionizing them in an electric field gradient. The method allows obtaining ion currents up to 130pA. Comparison with the standard direct photo-ionization of the atomic beam shows, in our conditions, a 40-times larger ion yield. Preliminary imaging results at ion energies in the 1-5keV range are obtained with a resolution around 40nm, in the present version of the prototype. Our ion beam is expected to be extremely monochromatic, with an energy spread of the order of the eV, offering great prospects for lithography, imaging and surface analysis. PMID:26876642

  4. Rb atomic magnetometer toward EDM experiment with laser cooled francium atoms

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    Inoue, Takeshi; Ando, Shun; Aoki, Takahiro; Arikawa, Hiroshi; Harada, Ken-Ichi; Hayamizu, Tomohiro; Ishikawa, Taisuke; Itoh, Masatoshi; Kato, Ko; Kawamura, Hirokazu; Sakamoto, Kosuke; Uchiyama, Aiko; Asahi, Koichiro; Yoshimi, Akihiro; Sakemi, Yasuhiro

    2014-09-01

    A permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of a particle or an atom is a suited observable to test the physics beyond the standard model. We plan to search for the electron EDM by using the laser cooled francium (Fr) atom, since the Fr atom has a large enhancement factor of the electron EDM and the laser cooling techniques can suppress both statistical and systematic errors. In the EDM experiment, a fluctuation of the magnetic field is a main source of the errors. In order to achieve the high precision magnetometry, a magnetometer based on the nonlinear magneto-optical rotation effect of the Rb atom is under development. A long coherence time of Rb atom is the key issue for the highly sensitive detection of the field fluctuations. The coherence time is limited due both to collisions with an inner surface of a cell contained the Rb atom and to residual field in a magnetic shield. We prepared the cell coated with an anti-relaxation material and measured the relaxation time. A degauss of the shield was performed to eliminate the residual field. We will report the present status of the magnetometer. A permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of a particle or an atom is a suited observable to test the physics beyond the standard model. We plan to search for the electron EDM by using the laser cooled francium (Fr) atom, since the Fr atom has a large enhancement factor of the electron EDM and the laser cooling techniques can suppress both statistical and systematic errors. In the EDM experiment, a fluctuation of the magnetic field is a main source of the errors. In order to achieve the high precision magnetometry, a magnetometer based on the nonlinear magneto-optical rotation effect of the Rb atom is under development. A long coherence time of Rb atom is the key issue for the highly sensitive detection of the field fluctuations. The coherence time is limited due both to collisions with an inner surface of a cell contained the Rb atom and to residual field in a magnetic shield. We prepared the cell coated with an anti-relaxation material and measured the relaxation time. A degauss of the shield was performed to eliminate the residual field. We will report the present status of the magnetometer. Supported by Grants-in-Aid for Scientic Research (Nos. 21104005 and 26220705).

  5. Atomic electron correlations in intense laser fields

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    DiMauro, L. F.; Sheehy, B.; Walker, B.; Agostini, P. A.; Kulander, K. C.

    1999-06-01

    This talk examines two distinct cases in strong optical fields where electron correlation plays an important role in the dynamics. In the first example, strong coupling in a two-electron-like system is manifested as an intensity-dependent splitting in the ionized electron energy distribution. This two-electron phenomenon (dubbed continuum-continuum Autler-Townes effect) is analogous to a strongly coupled two-level, one-electron atom but raises some intriguing questions regarding the exact nature of electron-electron correlation. The second case examines the evidence for two-electron ionization in the strong-field tunneling limit. Although our ability to describe the one-electron dynamics has obtained a quantitative level of understanding, a description of the two (multiple) electron ionization remains unclear.

  6. Atomic electron correlations in intense laser fields

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    DiMauro, L.F.; Sheehy, B.; Walker, B.; Agostini, P.A.; Kulander, K.C.

    1998-11-01

    This talk examines two distinct cases in strong optical fields where electron correlation plays an important role in the dynamics. In the first example, strong coupling in a two-electron-like system is manifested as an intensity-dependent splitting in the ionized electron energy distribution. This two-electron phenomenon (dubbed continuum-continuum Autler-Townes effect) is analogous to a strongly coupled two-level, one-electron atom but raises some intriguing questions regarding the exact nature of electron-electron correlation. The second case examines the evidence for two-electron ionization in the strong-field tunneling limit. Although their ability to describe the one-electron dynamics has obtained a quantitative level of understanding, a description of the two (multiple) electron ionization remains unclear.

  7. Atomic electron correlations in intense laser fields

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    DiMauro, L.F.; Sheehy, B.; Walker, B. Agostini, P.A. Kulander, K.C.

    1999-06-01

    This talk examines two distinct cases in strong optical fields where electron correlation plays an important role in the dynamics. In the first example, strong coupling in a two-electron-like system is manifested as an intensity-dependent splitting in the ionized electron energy distribution. This two-electron phenomenon (dubbed continuum-continuum Autler-Townes effect) is analogous to a strongly coupled two-level, one-electron atom but raises some intriguing questions regarding the exact nature of electron-electron correlation. The second case examines the evidence for two-electron ionization in the strong-field tunneling limit. Although our ability to describe the one-electron dynamics has obtained a quantitative level of understanding, a description of the two (multiple) electron ionization remains unclear. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  8. Atomic electron correlations in intense laser fields

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    DiMauro, L. F.; Sheehy, B.; Walker, B.; Agostini, P. A.; Kulander, K. C.

    1999-06-11

    This talk examines two distinct cases in strong optical fields where electron correlation plays an important role in the dynamics. In the first example, strong coupling in a two-electron-like system is manifested as an intensity-dependent splitting in the ionized electron energy distribution. This two-electron phenomenon (dubbed continuum-continuum Autler-Townes effect) is analogous to a strongly coupled two-level, one-electron atom but raises some intriguing questions regarding the exact nature of electron-electron correlation. The second case examines the evidence for two-electron ionization in the strong-field tunneling limit. Although our ability to describe the one-electron dynamics has obtained a quantitative level of understanding, a description of the two (multiple) electron ionization remains unclear.

  9. Injection locking of a high power ultraviolet laser diode for laser cooling of ytterbium atoms

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    Hosoya, Toshiyuki; Miranda, Martin; Inoue, Ryotaro; Kozuma, Mikio

    2015-07-15

    We developed a high-power laser system at a wavelength of 399 nm for laser cooling of ytterbium atoms with ultraviolet laser diodes. The system is composed of an external cavity laser diode providing frequency stabilized output at a power of 40 mW and another laser diode for amplifying the laser power up to 220 mW by injection locking. The systematic method for optimization of our injection locking can also be applied to high power light sources at any other wavelengths. Our system does not depend on complex nonlinear frequency-doubling and can be made compact, which will be useful for providing light sources for laser cooling experiments including transportable optical lattice clocks.

  10. Injection locking of a high power ultraviolet laser diode for laser cooling of ytterbium atoms.

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    Hosoya, Toshiyuki; Miranda, Martin; Inoue, Ryotaro; Kozuma, Mikio

    2015-07-01

    We developed a high-power laser system at a wavelength of 399 nm for laser cooling of ytterbium atoms with ultraviolet laser diodes. The system is composed of an external cavity laser diode providing frequency stabilized output at a power of 40 mW and another laser diode for amplifying the laser power up to 220 mW by injection locking. The systematic method for optimization of our injection locking can also be applied to high power light sources at any other wavelengths. Our system does not depend on complex nonlinear frequency-doubling and can be made compact, which will be useful for providing light sources for laser cooling experiments including transportable optical lattice clocks. PMID:26233359

  11. Injection locking of a high power ultraviolet laser diode for laser cooling of ytterbium atoms

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    Hosoya, Toshiyuki; Miranda, Martin; Inoue, Ryotaro; Kozuma, Mikio

    2015-07-01

    We developed a high-power laser system at a wavelength of 399 nm for laser cooling of ytterbium atoms with ultraviolet laser diodes. The system is composed of an external cavity laser diode providing frequency stabilized output at a power of 40 mW and another laser diode for amplifying the laser power up to 220 mW by injection locking. The systematic method for optimization of our injection locking can also be applied to high power light sources at any other wavelengths. Our system does not depend on complex nonlinear frequency-doubling and can be made compact, which will be useful for providing light sources for laser cooling experiments including transportable optical lattice clocks.

  12. Cs 728 nm Laser Spectroscopy and Faraday Atomic Filter

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    Liu, Zhong-Zheng; Tao, Zhi-Ming; Jiang, Zhao-Jie; Chen, Jing-Biao

    2014-12-01

    We mainly present the 728 nm laser spectroscopy and Faraday atomic filter of Cs atoms with 650 MHz linewidth and 2.6% transmission based on an electrodeless discharge vapor lamp, compared with Rb 728 nm laser spectroscopy. Accidentally, this remarkably strong Cs 728 nm transition from the 6F7/2 state to the 5D5/2 state is only about 2.5 GHz away from the Rb 728 nm transition of the future potential four-level active optical clock, once laser cooled and trapped from the 7S1/2 state to the 5P1/2 state, as we proposed previously. A Faraday atomic filter stabilized 728 nm laser using a Cs electrodeless discharge vapor lamp with a power of 10mW will provide a frequency reference to evaluate the performance of the potential Rb four-level active optical clock at 728 nm with power less than 1 nW by 2.5 GHz heterodyne measurements.

  13. Development of a chemical oxygen - iodine laser with production of atomic iodine in a chemical reaction

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    Censky, M; Spalek, O; Jirasek, V; Kodymova, J; Jakubec, I

    2009-11-30

    The alternative method of atomic iodine generation for a chemical oxygen - iodine laser (COIL) in chemical reactions with gaseous reactants is investigated experimentally. The influence of the configuration of iodine atom injection into the laser cavity on the efficiency of the atomic iodine generation and small-signal gain is studied. (lasers)

  14. Pulsed laser gates for trapped atomic qubits

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    Senko, Crystal; Campbell, Wesley C.; Mizrahi, Jonathan; Monroe, Chris

    2011-05-01

    Current experimental techniques for entangling multiple trapped ion qubits via the quantized modes of motion are inherently limited in speed and thus sensitive to many sources of noise. We use high power mode-locked lasers to perform ultrafast qubit operations via stimulated Raman transitions. We show that complete control over the spin state of a single qubit can be accomplished in tens of picoseconds by splitting a single pulse and varying the delay. We also investigate improvements to the fidelity of current protocols using a weak pulse train at a large (33 THz) detuning. Future work will focus on generating entangling gates on timescales faster than a motional period, by tailoring the ions' motional evolution with pulse sequences of varying Rabi frequency or using spin-dependent momentum kicks fashioned from a few strong pulses,. This work is supported by grants from the U.S. Army Research Office with funding from the DARPA OLE program, IARPA, and the MURI program; the NSF PIF Program; the NSF Physics Frontier Center at JQI; and the European Commission AQUTE program.

  15. Velocity measurements by laser resonance fluorescence. [single atom diffusional motion

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    She, C. Y.; Fairbank, W. M., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    The photonburst correlation method was used to detect single atoms in a buffer gas. Real time flow velocity measurements with laser induced resonance fluorescence from single or multiple atoms was demonstrated and this method was investigated as a tool for wind tunnel flow measurement. Investigations show that single atoms and their real time diffusional motion on a buffer gas can be measured by resonance fluorescence. By averaging over many atoms, flow velocities up to 88 m/s were measured in a time of 0.5 sec. It is expected that higher flow speeds can be measured and that the measurement time can be reduced by a factor of 10 or more by careful experimental design. The method is clearly not ready for incorporation in high speed wind tunnels because it is not yet known whether the stray light level will be higher or lower, and it is not known what detection efficiency can be obtained in a wind tunnel situation.

  16. Laser excited atomic fluorescence spectrometry — a review

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    Stchur, Peter; Yang, Karl X.; Hou, Xiandeng; Sun, Tao; Michel, Robert G.

    2001-09-01

    This review focuses on the development of new instruments, and new applications of laser excited atomic fluorescence spectrometry, LEAFS, in recent years since the last published reviews. Such developments include solid-state tunable lasers, deep UV tunable lasers, the use of charge coupled detectors (CCDs), and the applications of LEAFS for trace metal determination in various samples. The advent of diode lasers with their now somewhat improved range of wavelengths and power output, provides opportunities for research and applications in LEAFS. The further development of the coupling of second and third harmonic crystals to pulsed diode lasers shows promise for compact and robust instrumentation. There have been no recent instrumental developments that might provide more isotopic selectivity beyond the elements like uranium where the spectral isotope splitting is greater than most elements, but laser diodes could provide this due to their potential to provide an output with very narrow spectral bandwidth. The advent of optical parametric oscillator-based lasers has enabled LEAFS to be much more practical then in the past when dye lasers were used. This should be the harbinger of more applications of LEAFS to complex real sample analyses that can not be done by other techniques for reasons of sensitivity or selectivity. Array detectors provide an additional degree of freedom by provision of more spectral information more rapidly, which should aid the study of complex samples that might produce complex background problems. The recent literature indicates that the sensitivity, selectivity and ease of method development of LEAFS is well-established, and that there are no substantial analytical disadvantages to the technique beyond the instrumental limitations associated with the single element at a time mode of operation and the complexity of the laser systems. Laser technology continues to develop rapidly, which heralds a bright future for LEAFS.

  17. Direct observation of electron emission from the grain boundaries of chemical vapour deposition diamond films by tunneling atomic force microscopy

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    Chatterjee, Vijay; Harniman, Robert; May, Paul W.; Barhai, P. K.

    2014-04-01

    The emission of electrons from diamond in vacuum occurs readily as a result of the negative electron affinity of the hydrogenated surface due to features with nanoscale dimensions, which can concentrate electric fields high enough to induce electron emission from them. Electrons can be emitted as a result of an applied electric field (field emission) with possible uses in displays or cold-cathode devices. Alternatively, electrons can be emitted simply by heating the diamond in vacuum to temperatures as low as 350 °C (thermionic emission), and this may find applications in solar energy generation or energy harvesting devices. Electron emission studies usually use doped polycrystalline diamond films deposited onto Si or metallic substrates by chemical vapor deposition, and these films have a rough, faceted morphology on the micron or nanometer scale. Electron emission is often improved by patterning the diamond surface into sharp points or needles, the idea being that the field lines concentrate at the points lowering the barrier for electron emission. However, there is little direct evidence that electrons are emitted from these sharp tips. The few reports in the literature that have studied the emission sites suggested that emission came from the grain boundaries and not the protruding regions. We now present direct observation of the emission sites over a large area of polycrystalline diamond using tunneling atomic force microscopy. We confirm that the emission current comes mostly from the grain boundaries, which is consistent with a model for emission in which the non-diamond phase is the source of electrons with a threshold that is determined by the surrounding hydrogenated diamond surface.

  18. Direct observation of electron emission from the grain boundaries of chemical vapour deposition diamond films by tunneling atomic force microscopy

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    Chatterjee, Vijay; Harniman, Robert; May, Paul W.; Barhai, P. K.

    2014-04-28

    The emission of electrons from diamond in vacuum occurs readily as a result of the negative electron affinity of the hydrogenated surface due to features with nanoscale dimensions, which can concentrate electric fields high enough to induce electron emission from them. Electrons can be emitted as a result of an applied electric field (field emission) with possible uses in displays or cold-cathode devices. Alternatively, electrons can be emitted simply by heating the diamond in vacuum to temperatures as low as 350 °C (thermionic emission), and this may find applications in solar energy generation or energy harvesting devices. Electron emission studies usually use doped polycrystalline diamond films deposited onto Si or metallic substrates by chemical vapor deposition, and these films have a rough, faceted morphology on the micron or nanometer scale. Electron emission is often improved by patterning the diamond surface into sharp points or needles, the idea being that the field lines concentrate at the points lowering the barrier for electron emission. However, there is little direct evidence that electrons are emitted from these sharp tips. The few reports in the literature that have studied the emission sites suggested that emission came from the grain boundaries and not the protruding regions. We now present direct observation of the emission sites over a large area of polycrystalline diamond using tunneling atomic force microscopy. We confirm that the emission current comes mostly from the grain boundaries, which is consistent with a model for emission in which the non-diamond phase is the source of electrons with a threshold that is determined by the surrounding hydrogenated diamond surface.

  19. Atomic vapor laser isotope separation using resonance ionization

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    Comaskey, B.; Crane, J.; Erbert, G.; Haynam, C.; Johnson, M.; Morris, J.; Paisner, J.; Solarz, R.; Worden, E.

    1986-09-01

    Atomic vapor laser isotope separation (AVLIS) is a general and powerful technique. A major present application to the enrichment of uranium for light-water power-reactor fuel has been under development for over 10 years. In June 1985, the Department of Energy announced the selection of AVLIS as the technology to meet the nation's future need for enriched uranium. Resonance photoionization is the heart of the AVLIS process. We discuss those fundamental atomic parameters that are necessary for describing isotope-selective resonant multistep photoionization along with the measurement techniques that we use. We illustrate the methodology adopted with examples of other elements that are under study in our program.

  20. Differential atomic magnetometry based on a diverging laser beam

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    Hodby, E.; Donley, E. A.; Kitching, J.

    2007-07-02

    The authors demonstrate a novel atomic magnetometer that uses differential detection of the spatially diverging components of a light field to monitor the Larmor precession frequency of atoms in a thermal vapor. The design is implemented in compact form with a micromachined alkali vapor cell and a naturally divergent light field emitted by a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser. Operating the magnetometer in differential mode cancels common-mode noise and improves the sensitivity by a factor of 26 over single-channel operation. They also suggest ways in which the current sensitivity of 28 pT/{radical}Hz may be improved further without sacrificing size or simplicity.

  1. Laser-controlled moving atomic structures for microelectronics

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    Sovetov, Nikolay M.; Nikonov, Anatoly V.; Naumova, Elena V.; Moskovsky, Victor A.; Grigoriev, Dmitry A.

    1997-05-01

    One proposes the method of neutral atom beam formation due to effect of neutral atoms long-time localization in the minimums of potentials of intense standing wave of resonant light with simultaneous influence of cooling radiation. For fields of complicated configurati on the resonant light pressure force and the momentum diffusion tensor of two-level atom ensemble are presented. Mathematical modeling is based on the solving of equations for their spatial terms. One shows that with cooling time about 2 - 3 ms and with manipulation of intensity of co-propagated light wave, the arbitrary given cross-section atom density distribution with the contrast up to 1000 can be produced. One demonstrates that size of localization region can be essentially decreased by sweeping of cooling light carrier frequency in the range about 2 - 3 widths of moving atoms spectral transition lines. Low temperature cooling of atoms in the beam and 'soft' output from interaction region allow us to produce the well-manipulated practically aberration-off process. In this case transverse compression of image in cross-section of atomic beam can reach to 106 with given level of contrast. Calculations shows that at modern level of laser technique the spatial resolution of such process can reach to 30 - 50 A. The possibility of using of given method for high-resolution development and the analyses of micro-object surfaces is discussed.

  2. Strong-field atomic ionization in elliptically polarized laser fields

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    Wang, ChuanLiang; Lai, XuanYang; Hu, ZiLong; Chen, YongJu; Quan, Wei; Kang, HuiPeng; Gong, Cheng; Liu, XiaoJun

    2014-07-01

    We experimentally investigate strong-field ionization of noble-gas atoms in elliptically polarized laser fields with the Keldysh parameter γ ˜1, which is typical for most current strong-field experiments. Our data show that the single-ionization yields exhibit a rapid decrease with increasing elipticity and, moreover, the decrease becomes more dramatic for lower laser intensity. The experimental results are compared with the simulations of the Ammosov-Delone-Krainov (ADK) theory based on the quasistatic tunneling ionization picture and the strong-field approximation (SFA) theory, which involves the nonadiabatic effect in the tunneling ionization process. Our results show that although both the ADK simulations and the SFA calculations can qualitatively reproduce the experimental results, the SFA calculations are in a better agreement with the experimental data than the ADK simulations, which implies a nonadiabatic effect during strong-field atomic ionization for elliptical polarization with γ ˜1.

  3. Design of laser system for absolute gravimeter based on 87Rb atom interferometer

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    Zhao, Yang; Wang, Shaokai; Zhuang, Wei; Fang, Fang; Li, Tianchu

    2015-08-01

    We present a laser system design for an absolute gravimeter based on 87Rb atom interferometer. By skillful design, lasers with 9 different frequencies are based on two diode lasers including tapered amplifier. Two electrical feedback systems are used for laser frequency stabilization and the Raman lasers generation respectively. All other lasers are based on two Raman lasers and realized with frequency shift by acoustic optical modulators. This laser system not only has the compact and simple construction, but meets all requirements for laser power and frequency controlling for the atom interferometer. It has the characteristic of reliability and integrity.

  4. A difference in using atomic layer deposition or physical vapour deposition TiN as electrode material in metal-insulator-metal and metal-insulator-silicon capacitors.

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    Groenland, A W; Wolters, R A M; Kovalgin, A Y; Schmitz, J

    2011-09-01

    In this work, metal-insulator-metal (MIM) and metal-insulator-silicon (MIS) capacitors are studied using titanium nitride (TiN) as the electrode material. The effect of structural defects on the electrical properties on MIS and MIM capacitors is studied for various electrode configurations. In the MIM capacitors the bottom electrode is a patterned 100 nm TiN layer (called BE type 1), deposited via sputtering, while MIS capacitors have a flat bottom electrode (called BE type 2-silicon substrate). A high quality 50-100 nm thick SiO2 layer, made by inductively-coupled plasma CVD at 150 degrees C, is deposited as a dielectric on top of both types of bottom electrodes. BE type 1 (MIM) capacitors have a varying from low to high concentration of structural defects in the SiO2 layer. BE type 2 (MIS) capacitors have a low concentration of structural defects and are used as a reference. Two sets of each capacitor design are fabricated with the TiN top electrode deposited either via physical vapour deposition (PVD, i.e., sputtering) or atomic layer deposition (ALD). The MIM and MIS capacitors are electrically characterized in terms of the leakage current at an electric field of 0.1 MV/cm (I leak) and for different structural defect concentrations. It is shown that the structural defects only show up in the electrical characteristics of BE type 1 capacitors with an ALD TiN-based top electrode. This is due to the excellent step coverage of the ALD process. This work clearly demonstrates the sensitivity to process-induced structural defects, when ALD is used as a step in process integration of conductors on insulation materials. PMID:22097586

  5. Colloidal mercury (Hg) distribution in soil samples by sedimentation field-flow fractionation coupled to mercury cold vapour generation atomic absorption spectroscopy.

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    Santoro, A; Terzano, R; Medici, L; Beciani, M; Pagnoni, A; Blo, G

    2012-01-01

    Diverse analytical techniques are available to determine the particle size distribution of potentially toxic elements in matrices of environmental interest such as soil, sediments, freshwater and groundwater. However, a single technique is often not exhaustive enough to determine both particle size distribution and element concentration. In the present work, the investigation of mercury in soil samples collected from a polluted industrial site was performed by using a new analytical approach which makes use of sedimentation field-flow fractionation (SdFFF) coupled to cold vapour generation electrothermal atomic absorption spectroscopy (CV-ETAAS). The Hg concentration in the SdFFF fractions revealed a broad distribution from about 0.1 to 1 μm, roughly following the particle size distributions, presenting a maximum at about 400-700 nm in diameter. A correlation between the concentration of Hg in the colloidal fraction and organic matter (O.M.) content in the soil samples was also found. However, this correlation is less likely to be related to Hg sorption to soil O.M. but rather to the presence of colloidal mercuric sulfide particles whose size is probably controlled by the occurrence of dissolved O.M. The presence of O.M. could have prevented the aggregation of smaller particles, leading to an accumulation of mercuric sulfides in the colloidal fraction. In this respect, particle size distribution of soil samples can help to understand the role played by colloidal particles in mobilising mercury (also as insoluble compounds) and provide a significant contribution in determining the environmental impact of this toxic element. PMID:22089540

  6. Numerical method for calculating atomic spectra in strong laser Helds

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    Koryukina, E. V.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, a new theoretical method is suggested for calculating atomic emission spectra in strong laser fields. This numerical method based on diagonalization of the energy matrix of an atom in the electric field is free from limitations of perturbation theory and valid for a wide range of changes in the electric field strength and frequency. Within the framework of the suggested method, the ground-state shifts of He, Ne, Ar, and Kr atoms in a circularly polarized electric field are computed. Calculations are carried out for electric fields with strengths of 0.06 and 0.15 a.u. and frequencies from 10-4 to 0.057 a.u. In addition, the effect of ordering of the transition probabilities with respect to the magnetic quantum number M in the electric field is also investigated. The results obtained can be useful for correct interpretation of the experimental data and prediction of the behaviour of atomic emission spectra in strong laser fields.

  7. Laser-cooled atomic ions as probes of molecular ions

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    Brown, Kenneth R.; Viteri, C. Ricardo; Clark, Craig R.; Goeders, James E.; Khanyile, Ncamiso B.; Vittorini, Grahame D.

    2015-01-22

    Trapped laser-cooled atomic ions are a new tool for understanding cold molecular ions. The atomic ions not only sympathetically cool the molecular ions to millikelvin temperatures, but the bright atomic ion fluorescence can also serve as a detector of both molecular reactions and molecular spectra. We are working towards the detection of single molecular ion spectra by sympathetic heating spectroscopy. Sympathetic heating spectroscopy uses the coupled motion of two trapped ions to measure the spectra of one ion by observing changes in the fluorescence of the other ion. Sympathetic heating spectroscopy is a generalization of quantum logic spectroscopy, but does not require ions in the motional ground state or coherent control of the ion internal states. We have recently demonstrated this technique using two isotopes of Ca{sup +} [Phys. Rev. A, 81, 043428 (2010)]. Limits of the method and potential applications for molecular spectroscopy are discussed.

  8. A heated vapor cell unit for dichroic atomic vapor laser lock in atomic rubidium.

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    McCarron, Daniel J; Hughes, Ifan G; Tierney, Patrick; Cornish, Simon L

    2007-09-01

    The design and performance of a compact heated vapor cell unit for realizing a dichroic atomic vapor laser lock (DAVLL) for the D(2) transitions in atomic rubidium is described. A 5 cm long vapor cell is placed in a double-solenoid arrangement to produce the required magnetic field; the heat from the solenoid is used to increase the vapor pressure and correspondingly the DAVLL signal. We have characterized experimentally the dependence of important features of the DAVLL signal on magnetic field and cell temperature. For the weaker transitions both the amplitude and gradient of the signal are increased by an order of magnitude. PMID:17902946

  9. A heated vapor cell unit for dichroic atomic vapor laser lock in atomic rubidium

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    McCarron, Daniel J.; Hughes, Ifan G.; Tierney, Patrick; Cornish, Simon L.

    2007-09-15

    The design and performance of a compact heated vapor cell unit for realizing a dichroic atomic vapor laser lock (DAVLL) for the D{sub 2} transitions in atomic rubidium is described. A 5 cm long vapor cell is placed in a double-solenoid arrangement to produce the required magnetic field; the heat from the solenoid is used to increase the vapor pressure and correspondingly the DAVLL signal. We have characterized experimentally the dependence of important features of the DAVLL signal on magnetic field and cell temperature. For the weaker transitions both the amplitude and gradient of the signal are increased by an order of magnitude.

  10. Search for a permanent EDM using laser cooled radioactive atom

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    Sakemi, Y.; Harada, K.; Hayamizu, T.; Itoh, M.; Kawamura, H.; Liu, S.; Nataraj, H. S.; Oikawa, A.; Saito, M.; Sato, T.; Yoshida, H. P.; Aoki, T.; Hatakeyama, A.; Murakami, T.; Imai, K.; Hatanaka, K.; Wakasa, T.; Shimizu, Y.; Uchida, M.

    2011-07-01

    An Electric Dipole Moment (EDM) of the elementary particle is a good prove to observe the phenomena beyond the Standard Model. A non-zero EDM shows the violation of the time reversal symmetry, and under the CPT invariance it means the CP violation. In paramagnetic atoms, an electron EDM results in an atomic EDM enhanced by the factor of the 3rd power of the charge of the nucleus due the relativistic effects. A heaviest alkali element francium (Fr), which is the radioactive atom, has the largest enhancement factor K ~ 895. Then, we are developing a high intensity laser cooled Fr factory at Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center (CYRIC), Tohoku University to perform the search for the EDM of Fr with the accuracy of 10-29 e · cm. The important points to overcome the current accuracy limit of the EDM are to realize the high intensity Fr source and to reduce the systematic error due to the motional magnetic field and inhomogeneous applied field. To reduce the dominant component of the systematic errors mentioned above, we will confine the Fr atoms in the small region with the Magneto-Optical Trap and optical lattice using the laser cooling and trapping techniques. The construction of the experimental apparatus is making progress, and the new thermal ionizer already produces the Fr of ~106 ions/s with the primary beam intensity 200 nA. The developments of the laser system and optical equipments are in progress, and the present status and future plan of the experimental project is reported.

  11. Nuclear-driven flashlamp pumping of the atomic iodine laser

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    Miley, G.H.

    1992-03-01

    This report is a study of the atomic iodine laser pumped with nuclear- excited XeBr fluorescence. Preliminary experiments, conducted in the TRIGA reactor investigated the fluorescence of the excimer XeBr under nuclear pumping with {sup 10}B and {sup 3}He, for use as a flashlamp gas to stimulate the laser. These measurements included a determination of the fluorescence efficiency (light emitted in the wavelength region of interest, divided by energy deposited in the gas) of XeBr under nuclear pumping, with varying excimer mixtures. Maximum fluorescence efficiencies were approximately 1%. In order to better understand XeBr under nuclear excitation, a kinetics model of the system was prepared. The model generated the time-dependant concentrations of 20 reaction species for three pulse sizes, a TRIGA pulse, a fast burst reactor pulse, and an e-beam pulse. The modeling results predicted fluorescence efficiencies significantly higher (peak efficiencies of approximately 10%) than recorded in the fluorescence experiments. The cause of this discrepancy was not fully determined. A ray tracing computer model was also prepared to evaluate the efficiency with which nuclear-induced fluorescence generated in one cavity of a laser could be coupled into another cavity containing an iodine lasant. Finally, an experimental laser cell was constructed to verify that nuclear-induced XeBr fluorescence could be used to stimulate a laser. Lasing was achieved at 1.31 micron in the TRIGA using C{sub 3}F{sub 7}I, a common iodine lasant. Peak laser powers were approximately 20 mW. Measured flashlamp pump powers at threshold agreed well with literature values, as did lasant pressure dependency on laser operation.

  12. Nuclear-driven flashlamp pumping of the atomic iodine laser

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    Miley, G. H.

    1992-03-01

    This report is a study of the atomic iodine laser pumped with nuclear-excited XeBr fluorescence. Preliminary experiments, conducted in the TRIGA reactor, investigated the fluorescence of the excimer XeBr under nuclear pumping with B-10 and He-3, for use as a flashlamp gas to stimulate the laser. These measurements included a determination of the fluorescence efficiency (light emitted in the wavelength region of interest, divided by energy deposited in the gas) of XeBr under nuclear pumping, with varying excimer mixtures. Maximum fluorescence efficiencies were approximately 1 percent. In order to better understand XeBr under nuclear excitation, a kinetics model of the system was prepared. The model generated the time-dependant concentrations of 20 reaction species for three pulse sizes: a TRIGA pulse; a fast burst reactor pulse; and an e-beam pulse. The modeling results predicted fluorescence efficiencies significantly higher (peak efficiencies of approximately 10 percent) than recorded in the fluorescence experiments. The cause of this discrepancy was not fully determined. A ray tracing computer model was also prepared to evaluate the efficiency with which nuclear-induced fluorescence generated in one cavity of a laser could be coupled into another cavity containing an iodine lasant. Finally, an experimental laser cell was constructed to verify that nuclear-induced XeBr fluorescence could be used to stimulate a laser. Lasing was achieved at 1.31 micron in the TRIGA using C3F7I, a common iodine lasant. Peak laser powers were approximately 20 mW. Measured flashlamp pump powers at threshold agreed well with literature values, as did lasant pressure dependency on laser operation.

  13. A spectrometer on chemical vapour deposition-diamond basis for the measurement of the charge-state distribution of heavy ions in a laser-generated plasma

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    Cayzac, Witold; Frank, Alexander; Schumacher, Dennis; Roth, Markus; Blažević, Abel; Wamers, Felix; Träger, Michael; Berdermann, Elèni; Voss, Bernd; Hessling, Thomas

    2013-04-01

    This article reports on the development and the first applications of a new spectrometer which enables the precise and time-resolved measurement of both the energy loss and the charge-state distribution of ion beams with 10 < Z < 30 at energies of 4-8 MeV/u after their interaction with a laser-generated plasma. The spectrometer is based on five 20 × 7 mm2 large and 20 μm thick polycrystalline diamond samples produced via the Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) process and was designed with the help of ion-optical simulations. First experiments with the spectrometer were successfully carried out at GSI using 48Ca ions at an energy of 4.8 MeV/u interacting with a carbon plasma generated by the laser irradiation of a thin foil target. Owing to the high rate capability and the short response time of the spectrometer, pulsed ion beams with 103-104 ions per bunch at a bunch frequency of 108 MHz could be detected. The temporal evolution of the five main charge states of the calcium ion beams as well as the corresponding energy loss values could be measured simultaneously. Due to the outstanding properties of diamond as a particle detector, a beam energy resolution Δ E/E ≈ 0.1% could be reached using the presented experimental method, while a precision of 10% in the energy loss and charge-state distribution data was obtained.

  14. Secondary laser cooling and capturing of thulium atoms in traps

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    Sukachev, D D; Kalganova, E S; Sokolov, A V; Fedorov, S A; Vishnyakova, G A; Akimov, A V; Kolachevsky, N N; Sorokin, V N

    2014-06-30

    Secondary laser cooling has been realised on the weak dipole transition 4f{sup 13}({sup 2}F{sup o})6s{sup 2}, J = 7/2, F=4 ? 4f{sup 12}({sup 3}H{sub 6}) 5d{sub 5/2}6s{sup 2}, J' = 9/2, F' = 5 with the wavelength of 530.7 nm and natural width of 350 kHz. The temperature of the atomic cloud in a magnetooptical trap (MOT) was 30 ?K at the lifetime of 2 s and the number of atoms 10{sup 5}. Approximately 1% of atoms from the MOT have been reloaded to an optical dipole trap and to one-dimensional optical lattice at the wavelength of 532 nm. The atom lifetime in the optical lattice was 320 ms. We propose to employ thulium atoms captured in an optical lattice as an optical frequency reference. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  15. Modeling a semiconductor laser with an intracavity atomic absorber

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    Masoller, C.; Vilaseca, R.; Oria, M.

    2009-07-15

    The dynamics of a semiconductor laser with an intracavity atomic absorber is studied numerically. The study is motivated by the experiments of Barbosa et al. [Opt. Lett. 32, 1869 (2007)], using a semiconductor junction as an active medium, with its output face being antireflection coated, and a cell containing cesium vapor placed in a cavity that was closed by a diffraction grating (DG). The DG allowed scanning the lasing frequency across the D{sub 2} line in the Cs spectrum, and different regimes such as frequency bistability or dynamic instability were observed depending on the operating conditions. Here we propose a rate-equation model that takes into account the dispersive losses and the dispersive refractive index change in the laser cavity caused by the presence of the Cs vapor cell. These effects are described through a modification of the complex susceptibility. The numerical results are found to be in qualitative good agreement with some of the observations; however, some discrepancies are also noticed, which can be attributed to multi-longitudinal-mode emission in the experiments. The simulations clearly show the relevant role of the Lamb dips and crossover resonances, which arise on top of the Doppler-broadened D{sub 2} line in the Cs spectrum, and are due to the forward and backward intracavity fields interacting resonantly with the Cs atoms. When the laser frequency is locked in a dip, a reduction in the frequency noise and of the intensity noise is demonstrated.

  16. Designing Frustrated Quantum Magnets with Laser-Dressed Rydberg Atoms

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    Glaetzle, Alexander W.; Dalmonte, Marcello; Nath, Rejish; Gross, Christian; Bloch, Immanuel; Zoller, Peter

    2015-05-01

    We show how a broad class of lattice spin-1 /2 models with angular- and distance-dependent couplings can be realized with cold alkali atoms stored in optical or magnetic trap arrays. The effective spin-1 /2 is represented by a pair of atomic ground states, and spin-spin interactions are obtained by admixing van der Waals interactions between fine-structure split Rydberg states with laser light. The strengths of the diagonal spin interactions as well as the "flip-flop," and "flip-flip" and "flop-flop" interactions can be tuned by exploiting quantum interference, thus realizing different spin symmetries. The resulting energy scales of interactions compare well with typical temperatures and decoherence time scales, making the exploration of exotic forms of quantum magnetism, including emergent gauge theories and compass models, accessible within state-of-the-art experiments.

  17. Designing frustrated quantum magnets with laser-dressed Rydberg atoms.

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    Glaetzle, Alexander W; Dalmonte, Marcello; Nath, Rejish; Gross, Christian; Bloch, Immanuel; Zoller, Peter

    2015-05-01

    We show how a broad class of lattice spin-1/2 models with angular- and distance-dependent couplings can be realized with cold alkali atoms stored in optical or magnetic trap arrays. The effective spin-1/2 is represented by a pair of atomic ground states, and spin-spin interactions are obtained by admixing van der Waals interactions between fine-structure split Rydberg states with laser light. The strengths of the diagonal spin interactions as well as the "flip-flop," and "flip-flip" and "flop-flop" interactions can be tuned by exploiting quantum interference, thus realizing different spin symmetries. The resulting energy scales of interactions compare well with typical temperatures and decoherence time scales, making the exploration of exotic forms of quantum magnetism, including emergent gauge theories and compass models, accessible within state-of-the-art experiments. PMID:25978228

  18. Search for permanent EDM using laser cooled Fr atoms

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    Kawamura, Hirokazu; Aoki, T.; Arikawa, H.; Ezure, S.; Furukawa, T.; Harada, K.; Hatakeyama, A.; Hatanaka, K.; Hayamizu, T.; Imai, K.; Inoue, T.; Ishikawa, T.; Itoh, M.; Kato, T.; Murakami, T.; Nataraj, H. S.; Sato, T.; Shimizu, Y.; Wakasa, T.; Yoshida, H. P.; Sakemi, Y.

    2013-03-01

    The existence of a non-zero electric dipole moment (EDM) implies the violation of time reversal symmetry. As the time-reversal symmetry violation predicted by the Standard Model (SM) for the electron EDM is too small to be observed with current experimental techniques and any a non-zero EDM would indicate new physics beyond the SM. The tiny signal from the electron EDM is enhanced in the heavy atoms such as francium (Fr). We are constructing the laser-cooled Fr factory to search for the electron EDM.

  19. Penning collisions of laser-cooled metastable helium atoms

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    Pereira Dos Santos, F.; Perales, F.; Léonard, J.; Sinatra, A.; Wang, Junmin; Saverio Pavone, F.; Rasel, E.; Unnikrishnan, C. S.; Leduc, M.

    2001-04-01

    We present experimental results on the two-body loss rates in a magneto-optical trap of metastable helium atoms. Absolute rates are measured in a systematic way for several laser detunings ranging from -5 to -30 MHz and at different intensities, by monitoring the decay of the trap fluorescence. The dependence of the two-body loss rate coefficient β on the excited state ( 23P2) and metastable state ( 23S1) populations is also investigated. From these results we infer a rather uniform rate constant Ksp = (1+/-0.4)×10-7 cm3/s.

  20. Electron scattering by laser-excited barium atoms

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    Register, D. F.; Trajmar, S.; Jensen, S. W.; Poe, R. T.

    1978-01-01

    Inelastic and superelastic scattering of 30- and 100-eV electrons by laser-excited 6s 6p 1P and subsequent cascade-populated 6s 6p 3P, 6s 5d 1D, and 6s 5d 3D Ba atoms have been observed. Absolute differential cross sections for the singlet and relative scattering intensities for the triplet species have been determined in the 5 to 20 deg angular region. Under the present conditions excitations dominate over deexcitations.

  1. Atomic lifetime measurements by beam-gas-dye laser spectroscopy

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    Schmoranzer, H.; Volz, U.

    1993-01-01

    Beam-gas-dye laser spectroscopy as a precise, cascade-free and collision-free method for measuring atomic lifetimes and individual oscillator strengths is described. Its recent application to fine-structure levels of the KrI 5p configuration is reported. The experimental uncertainty is reduced by one order of magnitude, with respect to previous work, down to 0.3% (1σ). The discussion of these results in comparison with experimental and theoretical ones from the literature underlines the precision of the method and its potential to guide future theoretical developments.

  2. Linewidth of collimated wavelength-converted emission in Rb vapour

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    Akulshin, Alexander; Perrella, Christopher; Truong, Gar-Wing; Luiten, Andre; Budker, Dmitry; McLean, Russell

    2014-10-01

    We present a study of the spectral linewidth of collimated blue light (CBL) that results from wave mixing of low-power continuous-wave laser radiation at 780 and 776 nm and an internally generated mid-IR field at 5.23 μm in Rb vapour. Using a high-finesse Fabry-Perot interferometer, the spectral width of the CBL is found to be <1.3 MHz for a wide range of experimental conditions. We demonstrate using frequency-modulated laser light that the CBL linewidth is mainly limited by the temporal coherence of the applied laser fields rather than the atom-light interaction itself. The obtained result allows the same 1.3 MHz upper limit to be set for the linewidth of the collimated mid-IR radiation at 5.23 μm, which has not been directly detected.

  3. Production of pulsed atomic oxygen beams via laser vaporization methods

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    Brinza, David E.; Coulter, Daniel R.; Liang, Ranty H.; Gupta, Amitava

    1987-01-01

    Energetic pulsed atomic oxygen beams were generated by laser-driven evaporation of cryogenically frozen ozone/oxygen films and thin films of indium-tin oxide (ITO). Mass and energy characterization of beams from the ozone/oxygen films were carried out by mass spectrometry. The peak flux, found to occur at 10 eV, is estimated from this data to be 3 x 10(20) m(-2) s(-1). Analysis of the time-of-flight data indicates a number of processes contribute to the formation of the atomic oxygen beam. The absence of metastable states such as the 2p(3) 3s(1) (5S) level of atomic oxygen blown off from ITO films is supported by the failure to observe emission at 777.3 nm from the 2p(3) 3p(1) (5P sub J) levels. Reactive scattering experiments with polymer film targets for atomic oxygen bombardment are planned using a universal crossed molecular beam apparatus.

  4. Selective Two-Step (STS) Photoionization of Atoms and Photodissociation of Molecules by Laser Radiation.

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    Ambartzumian, R V; Letokhov, V S

    1972-02-01

    The general considerations for two-step photoionization of atoms and photodissociation of molecules using tunable laser sources are discussed. Experimental results are given for the (1) photoionization of rubidium vapor using a ruby-laser-pumped dye laser and a doubled ruby laser radiation, and (2) photodissociation of HCl using the Raman-shifted output and the fourth harmonic output of a tunable Nd-glass laser. The possibilities for other laser systems are also discussed. PMID:20111507

  5. Low-threshold short-cavity diode laser for a miniature atomic clock

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    Kargapol'tsev, Sergei V; Velichansky, Vladimir L; Vasil'ev, V V; Kobyakova, M Sh; Morozyuk, A V; Shiryaeva, N V; Konyaev, V P

    2009-06-30

    Short-cavity diode lasers (SCDLs) emitting at the 894-nm D{sub 1} line of caesium are developed. Low threshold currents and power consumption will make it possible to use these lasers in chip-size atomic clocks (CSACs) and magnetometers. The SCDL parameters are comparable with the parameters of surface-emitting lasers. (lasers)

  6. Effects of strong laser fields on hadronic helium atoms

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    Lee, Han-Chieh; Jiang, Tsin-Fu

    2015-12-01

    The metastable hadronic helium atoms in microseconds lifetime are available in laboratory, and two-photon spectroscopy was reported recently. This exotic helium atom has an electron in the ground state and a negative hadron rotating around the helium nucleus. We theoretically study the excitation on hadronic helium by femtosecond pulse and elucidate the influence of moleculelike structure and rotation behavior on the photoelectron spectra and high-order harmonic generation. Because of the moleculelike structure, the electronic ground state consists of several angular orbitals. These angular orbitals can enhance photoelectron spectra at high energies, and also influence the harmonic generation spectra considerably. In particular, the harmonic spectra can occur at even harmonic orders because of the transition between these angular orbitals and continuum states. On the other side, the rotation behavior of hadron can induce a frequency shift in the harmonic spectra. The magnitude of the frequency shift depends on the orbiting speed of the hadron, which is considerable because the rotation period is in a few femtoseconds, a time scale that is comparable to that of infrared laser and is feasible in current laser experiments.

  7. Experimental comparison of Raman and rf outcouplers for high-flux atom lasers

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    Debs, J. E.; Döring, D.; Altin, P. A.; Figl, C.; Dugué, J.; Jeppesen, M.; Schultz, J. T.; Robins, N. P.; Close, J. D.

    2010-01-01

    We study the properties of an atom laser beam derived from a Bose-Einstein condensate using three different outcouplers, one based on multistate radio-frequency transitions and two others based on Raman transitions capable of imparting momentum to the beam. We first summarize the differences that arise in such systems, and how they may impact on the use of an atom laser in interferometry. Experimentally, we examine the formation of a bound state in all three outcouplers, a phenomenon which limits the atom laser flux, and find that a two-state Raman outcoupler is the preferred option for high-flux, low-divergence atom laser beams.

  8. Characterization of Vapour Plume Species and Deposition Residues Resulting from Pulsed Laser Ablation of a Graphite/Epoxy Composite

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    Roybal, R. E.; Miglionico, C. J.; Stein, C.; Murr, L. E.; Lincoln, K. A.

    1995-01-01

    A modified time-of-flight mass spectrometer fitted with a special collection stage for carbon-coated transmission electron microscope specimen grids is used to monitor laser-pulse ablation products from graphite/epoxy composite targets. Scanning electron microscopy observations show ablation damage to consist of matrix pyrolysis, fibre fracture and spallation of fragments which include elemental hydrogen, carbon epoxide and acetylene groups. Transmission electron microscope examination of specimen grids showed a variety of crystals and polycrystalline hexagonal graphites having a wide range of shapes including spheres and faceted polyhedra and platelets, textured flake structures, microrosettes. These observations lend some credibility to a model for laser-shock and pyrolysis effects which create molecular plume fragments and deposition fragments of hexagonal graphite.

  9. Laser spectroscopy of atoms in superfluid helium for the measurement of nuclear spins and electromagnetic moments of radioactive atoms

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    Fujita, T.; Furukawa, T.; Imamura, K.; Yang, X. F.; Hatakeyama, A.; Kobayashi, T.; Ueno, H.; Asahi, K.; Shimoda, T.; Matsuo, Y.

    2015-11-01

    A new laser spectroscopic method named "OROCHI (Optical RI-atom Observation in Condensed Helium as Ion catcher)" has been developed for deriving the nuclear spins and electromagnetic moments of low-yield exotic nuclei. In this method, we observe atomic Zeeman and hyperfine structures using laser-radio-frequency/microwave double-resonance spectroscopy. In our previous works, double-resonance spectroscopy was performed successfully with laser-sputtered stable atoms including non-alkali Au atoms as well as alkali Rb and Cs atoms. Following these works, measurements with 84-87Rb energetic ion beams were carried out in the RIKEN projectile fragment separator (RIPS). In this paper, we report the present status of OROCHI and discuss its feasibility, especially for low-yield nuclei such as unstable Au isotopes.

  10. Cooling of cesium atomic beam with light from spectrally broadened diode lasers

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    Chan, Yat; Bhaskar, Natarajan D.

    1995-12-01

    We have used spectrally broadened counterpropagating radiation from tunable diode lasers to cool an atomic beam of cesium. This produces a continuous beam of cold atoms. The injection current to the single-mode diode laser is modulated at 10 MHz, resulting in spectrally broadened light for atomic cooling and optical pumping. The atomic beam is probed with a weak single-mode laser. This is a simple and relatively inexpensive method for producing a continuous supply of cold atoms. Copyright (c) 1995 Optical Society of America

  11. A spectrometer on chemical vapour deposition-diamond basis for the measurement of the charge-state distribution of heavy ions in a laser-generated plasma

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    Cayzac, Witold; Frank, Alexander; Schumacher, Dennis; Roth, Markus; Blazevic, Abel; Wamers, Felix; Traeger, Michael; Berdermann, Eleni; Voss, Bernd; Hessling, Thomas

    2013-04-15

    This article reports on the development and the first applications of a new spectrometer which enables the precise and time-resolved measurement of both the energy loss and the charge-state distribution of ion beams with 10 < Z < 30 at energies of 4-8 MeV/u after their interaction with a laser-generated plasma. The spectrometer is based on five 20 Multiplication-Sign 7 mm{sup 2} large and 20 {mu}m thick polycrystalline diamond samples produced via the Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) process and was designed with the help of ion-optical simulations. First experiments with the spectrometer were successfully carried out at GSI using {sup 48}Ca ions at an energy of 4.8 MeV/u interacting with a carbon plasma generated by the laser irradiation of a thin foil target. Owing to the high rate capability and the short response time of the spectrometer, pulsed ion beams with 10{sup 3}-10{sup 4} ions per bunch at a bunch frequency of 108 MHz could be detected. The temporal evolution of the five main charge states of the calcium ion beams as well as the corresponding energy loss values could be measured simultaneously. Due to the outstanding properties of diamond as a particle detector, a beam energy resolution ({Delta}E/E) Almost-Equal-To 0.1% could be reached using the presented experimental method, while a precision of 10% in the energy loss and charge-state distribution data was obtained.

  12. Laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms. Final report, 1 Oct 89-30 Sep 92

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    Phillips, W.D.

    1992-07-01

    In 1988, before the beginning of the current contract period, our group discovered that sodium atoms could be laser cooled well below the lower limit (the 'Doppler limit') predicted by the then generally accepted theory. Two main consequences of that discovery were a revamping of the theory of laser cooling and a renewed interest in the applications of laser cooling because of the far lower temperatures. Both of these effects are continuing in full force today, and this report is in large part a record of our group's continuing involvement in the new developments in laser cooling during the past three years. The work of the NIST laser cooling group falls functionally into the categories of: investigating laser cooling mechanisms; studies of collisions between laser cooled atoms; development of new trapping techniques for neutral atoms; study of the fluorescent spectrum of laser cooled atoms; manipulation of atoms and atom optics; development of coherent sources of vacuum ultraviolet light for laser cooling and high resolution spectroscopy; application of laser cooling and trapping technology to atomic frequency standards.

  13. Low temperature corneal laser welding investigated by atomic force microscopy

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    Matteini, Paolo; Sbrana, Francesca; Tiribilli, Bruno; Pini, Roberto

    2009-02-01

    The structural modifications in the stromal matrix induced by low-temperature corneal laser welding were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). This procedure consists of staining the wound with Indocyanine Green (ICG), followed by irradiation with a near-infrared laser operated at low-power densities. This induces a local heating in the 55-65 °C range. In welded tissue, extracellular components undergo heat-induced structural modifications, resulting in a joining effect between the cut edges. However, the exact mechanism generating the welding, to date, is not completely understood. Full-thickness cuts, 3.5 mm in length, were made in fresh porcine cornea samples, and these were then subjected to laser welding operated at 16.7 W/cm2 power density. AFM imaging was performed on resin-embedded semi-thin slices once they had been cleared by chemical etching, in order to expose the stromal bulk of the tissue within the section. We then carried out a morphological analysis of characteristic fibrillar features in the laser-treated and control samples. AFM images of control stromal regions highlighted well-organized collagen fibrils (36.2 +/- 8.7 nm in size) running parallel to each other as in a typical lamellar domain. The fibrils exhibited a beaded pattern with a 22-39 nm axial periodicity. Laser-treated corneal regions were characterized by a significant disorganization of the intralamellar architecture. At the weld site, groups of interwoven fibrils joined the cut edges, showing structural properties that were fully comparable with those of control regions. This suggested that fibrillar collagen is not denatured by low-temperature laser welding, confirming previous transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations, and thus it is probably not involved in the closure mechanism of corneal cuts. The loss of fibrillar organization may be related to some structural modifications in some interfibrillar substance as proteoglycans or collagen VI. Furthermore, AFM imaging was demonstrated to be a suitable tool for attaining three-dimensional information on the fibrillar assembly of corneal stroma. The results suggested that AFM analyses of resin-embedded histological sections subjected to chemical etching provide a rapid and cost-effective response, with an imaging resolution that is quite similar to that of TEM.

  14. Design and realization of beam collimation system for semiconductor laser in atomic magnetometer

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    Chen, Xi; Quan, Wei; Duan, Lihong; Liu, Baiqi; Xu, Fan

    2015-10-01

    Atomic magnetometer which uses alkali atoms as the sensors can realize ultrahigh sensitivity magnetic field measurement and has extensive applications scientific researches. Semiconductor lasers are used as the pump and probe laser in atomic magnetometer. Due to structural characteristics of semiconductor laser, beam divergence angles in vertical and horizontal direction have large deviation and laser beam diverges extremely fast. However, poor laser beam affects the implementation of atomic magnetometer sensitivity adversely. Only the circular laser beam with Gaussian distribution guarantees the homogeneous polarization of alkali atom vapor and high efficiency of atomic magnetometer. Consequently, a beam collimation system must be designed. In this paper, a collimation method using a thin lens and a pair of anamorphic prisms is proposed to guarantee the laser spot size approximately constant. The thin lens is used to decrease fast-axis divergence angle and ensure transmitted light is parallel. The anamorphic prisms pairs expand the laser beam in slow-axis and make the beam spot nearly round. Initially, the effect of thin lenses and anamorphic prisms on the relationship of input and output beam profiles is theoretically analyzed based on principle of geometrical optics. Then the software Zemax is used to simulate the collimation system. Finally, a beam collimation system is designed and tested. The experiment result shows that the laser beam size is approximately 2×2cm2 and the beam approximate a Gaussian profile, which can meet the requirement of the atomic magnetometer.

  15. QED Energy Approach to Atoms and Nuclei in a Strong Laser Field: Radiation Lines

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    Glushkov, A. V.

    2010-10-29

    The consistent approach to the 'atom, nucleus - realistic laser field' interaction is presented and based on the QED and Gell-Mann and Low S-matrix formalism. The method is applied to studying the multi-photon resonance width and shift in the atom of H in a laser pulse.

  16. Request for Support for the Conference on Super Intense Laser Atom Physics

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    Todd Ditmire

    2004-10-21

    The Conference on Super Intense Laser Atom Physics (SILAP) was held in November 2003 in Dallas, Texas. The venue for the meeting was South Fork Ranch in the outskirts of Dallas. The topics of the meeting included high harmonic generation and attosecond pulse generation, strong field interactions with molecules and clusters, particle acceleration, and relativistic laser atom interactions.

  17. Creation of an Ultracold Plasma by Photoionizing Laser-Cooled Caesium Atom

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    Jing, Qun; Feng, Zhi-Gang; Zhang, Lin-Jie; Li, Chang-Yong; Zhao, Jian-Ming; Jia, Suo-Tang

    2008-12-01

    The signals of ultracold plasma are observed by two-photon ionization of laser-cooled atom in a caesium magnetooptical trap. A simple model has been introduced to explain the creation of plasma, and the mechanism is further investigated by changing the energy of a pulsed dye laser and the number of initial cooled atoms.

  18. Transient absorption spectra of the laser-dressed hydrogen atom

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    Murakami, Mitsuko; Chu, Shih-I.

    2013-10-01

    We present a theoretical study of transient absorption spectra of laser-dressed hydrogen atoms, based on numerical solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. The timing of absorption is controlled by the delay between an extreme ultra violet (XUV) pulse and an infrared (IR) laser field. The XUV pulse is isolated and several hundred attoseconds in duration, which acts as a pump to drive the ground-state electron to excited p states. The subsequent interaction with the IR field produces dressed states, which manifest as sidebands between the 1s-np absorption spectra separated by one IR-photon energy. We demonstrate that the population of dressed states is maximized when the timing of the XUV pulse coincides with the zero crossing of the IR field, and that their energies can be manipulated in a subcycle time scale by adding a chirp to the IR field. An alternative perspective to the problem is to think of the XUV pulse as a probe to detect the dynamical ac Stark shifts. Our results indicate that the accidental degeneracy of the hydrogen excited states is removed while they are dressed by the IR field, leading to large ac Stark shifts. Furthermore, we observe the Autler-Townes doublets for the n=2 and 3 levels using the 656 nm dressing field, but their separation does not agree with the prediction by the conventional three-level model that neglects the dynamical ac Stark shifts.

  19. Neutral atomic jet generation by laser ablation of copper targets

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    Matos, J. B. de; Rodrigues, N. A. S.

    2014-08-15

    This work aimed the obtainment of a neutral atomic jet departing from a plume generated by laser ablation of copper targets. A pair of electrodes together with a transducer pressure sensor was used to study the ablated plume charge composition and also to measure the ion extraction from the plasma plume. The neutral beam was produced with this setup and the relative abundance of neutrals in the plasma was measured, it decreases from 30% to 8% when the laser fluence is varied from 20 J/cm{sup 2} to 32 J/cm{sup 2}. The necessary voltage to completely remove the ions from the plume varied from 10 V to 230 V in the same fluence range. TOF analysis resulted in center of mass velocities between 3.4 and 4.6 km/s, longitudinal temperature in the range from 1 × 10{sup 4} K to 2.4 × 10{sup 4} K and a Mach number of M = 2.36, calculated using purely hydrodynamic expansion approximation.

  20. Spectral characterisation of tuneable narrow-band diode lasers for Rb atomic spectroscopy and precision instruments

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    Slavov, Dimitar; Affolderbach, C.; Mileti, Gaetano

    2005-04-01

    We have characterized teh spectral properties and wavelength tuning behaviour of different types of diode lasers in order to evaluate their potential for applications in atomic spectroscopy and precision instruments. Here we report on studies of recently developed distributed feedback (DFB) and Fabry-Perot laser diodes, emitting around 780 and 795 nm, in solitary operation as well as in an extended-cavity configuration. In solitary operation both types of laser studied show continuous tuning ranges beyond 40 GHz and single-mode emission linewidths around 6 MHz, which makes them interesting candidates for use in high-precision instruments based on atomic spectroscopy such as atomic frequency standards and atomic magnetometers.

  1. Ordered many-electron motions in atoms and x-ray lasers. [Subpicosecond ultraviolet laser radiation

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    Rhodes, C.K.

    1986-01-01

    Subpicosecond ultraviolet laser technology is enabling the exploration of nonlinear atomic interactions with electric field strengths considerably in excess of an atomic unit. As this regime is approached, experiments studying multiple ionization, photoelectron energy spectra, and harmonically produced radiation all exhibit strong nonlinear coupling. Peak total energy transfer rates on the order of approx.2 x 10/sup -4/ W/atom have been observed at an intensity of approx.10/sup 16/ W/cm/sup 2/, and it is expected that energy transfer rates approaching approx.0.1 to 1 W/atom will occur under more extreme conditions for which the ultraviolet electric field E is significantly greater than e/a/sub 0//sup 2/. In this high intensity regime, a wide range of new nonlinear phenomena will be open to study. These will include the possibility of ordered driven motions in atoms, molecules, and plasmas, mechanisms involving collisions, and relativistic processes such as electron-positron pair production. An understanding of these physical interactions may provide a basis for the generation of stimulated emission in the x-ray range. 100 refs., 8 figs.

  2. Clock Technology Development for the Laser Cooling and Atomic Physics (LCAP) Program

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    Klipstein, W. M.; Thompson, R. J.; Seidel, D. J.; Kohel, J.; Maleki, L.

    1998-01-01

    The Time and Frequency Sciences and Technology Group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has developed a laser cooling capability for flight and has been selected by NASA to support the Laser-Cooling and Atomic Physics (LCAP) program. Current work in the group includes design and development for tee two laser-cooled atomic clock experiments which have been selected for flight on the International Space Station.

  3. Two-mode single-atom laser as a source of entangled light

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    Kiffner, M.; Evers, J.; Keitel, C. H.; Zubairy, M. S.

    2007-03-15

    A two-mode single-atom laser is considered, with the aim of generating entanglement in macroscopic light. Two transitions in the four-level gain medium atom independently interact with the two cavity modes, while two other transitions are driven by control laser fields. Atomic relaxation as well as cavity losses are taken into account. We show that this system is a source of macroscopic entangled light over a wide range of control parameters and initial states of the cavity field.

  4. Spatial and temporal behaviors of laser beam propagating in atomic vapor

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    Nomaru, K.; Chen, Y.; Izawa, Y.; Nakai, S.; Yamanaka, C.

    1996-05-01

    Spatial and temporal behaviors of laser beam propagating in a atomic vapor have been investigated experimentally. The pulse reshapings of frequency-chirped laser pulses in the near-resonant atomic vapor have been demonstrated by making use of atomic samarium vapor. Self-induced transparency and self-focusing have also been observed by streak camera. Theses results will be compared with numerical or analytical results in this paper. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  5. Element selective detection of molecular species applying chromatographic techniques and diode laser atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Kunze, K; Zybin, A; Koch, J; Franzke, J; Miclea, M; Niemax, K

    2004-12-01

    Tunable diode laser atomic absorption spectroscopy (DLAAS) combined with separation techniques and atomization in plasmas and flames is presented as a powerful method for analysis of molecular species. The analytical figures of merit of the technique are demonstrated by the measurement of Cr(VI) and Mn compounds, as well as molecular species including halogen atoms, hydrogen, carbon and sulfur. PMID:15561625

  6. Fast switching of alkali atom dispensers using laser-induced heating

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    Griffin, P.F.; Weatherill, K.J.; Adams, C.S.

    2005-09-15

    We show that by using an intense laser source to locally heat an alkali atom dispenser, one can generate a high flux of atoms followed by fast recovery (<100 ms) of the background pressure when the laser is extinguished. For repeated heating pulses a switch-on time for the atomic flux of 200 ms is readily attainable. This technique is suited to ultracold atom experiments using simple ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chambers. Laser-induced heating provides a fast repetition of the experimental cycle, which, combined with low atom loss due to background gas collisions, is particularly useful for experiments involving far-off resonance optical traps, where sufficient laser power (0.5-4 W) is readily available.

  7. Laser-induced fluorescence detection strategies for sodium atoms and compounds in high-pressure combustors

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    Weiland, Karen J. R.; Wise, Michael L.; Smith, Gregory P.

    1993-01-01

    A variety of laser-induced fluorescence schemes were examined experimentally in atmospheric pressure flames to determine their use for sodium atom and salt detection in high-pressure, optically thick environments. Collisional energy transfer plays a large role in fluorescence detection. Optimum sensitivity, at the parts in 10 exp 9 level for a single laser pulse, was obtained with the excitation of the 4p-3s transition at 330 nm and the detection of the 3d-3p fluorescence at 818 nm. Fluorescence loss processes, such as ionization and amplified spontaneous emission, were examined. A new laser-induced atomization/laser-induced fluorescence detection technique was demonstrated for NaOH and NaCl. A 248-nm excimer laser photodissociates the salt molecules present in the seeded flames prior to atom detection by laser-induced fluorescence.

  8. Development of Laser Light Sources for Trapping Radioactive Francium Atoms Toward Tests of Fundamental Symmetries

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    Harada, Ken-ichi; Ezure, Saki; Hayamizu, Tomohiro; Kato, Ko; Kawamura, Hirokazu; Inoue, Takeshi; Arikawa, Hiroshi; Ishikawa, Taisuke; Aoki, Takahiro; Uchiyama, Aiko; Itoh, Masatoshi; Ando, Shun; Aoki, Takatoshi; Hatakeyama, Atsushi; Hatanaka, Kichiji; Imai, Kenichi; Murakami, Tetsuya; Shimizu, Yasuhiro; Sato, Tomoya; Wakasa, Tomotsugu; Yoshida, Hidetomo P.; Sakemi, Yasuhiro

    We have developed laser light sources and a magneto-optical trap system for cooling and trapping radioactive francium (Fr) atoms. Because Fr is the heaviest alkali element, a Fr atom exhibits high sensitivity to symmetry violation effects such as atomic parity nonconservation (APNC) and the electron electric dipole moment (eEDM). A laser cooling and trapping technique reduces the systematic errors due to the Doppler effect and the motion-induced magnetic field effect caused by the velocity of atoms. Thus, optically cooled and trapped Fr atoms are among a few promising candidates considered for APNC and eEDM measurements. Frequency stabilization of laser light is required for any stable measurement involving trapped radioactive atoms, including Fr. Since the hyperfine splitting in iodine molecules (127I2) is close to the resonance frequency of the Fr D2 line, we performed frequency modulation spectroscopy of hyperfine structures of I2.

  9. Control of the Atomic Ionization with Short and Intense Chirped Laser Pulses

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    Hennani, Salima; Laulan, Stephane; Barmaki, Samira

    2014-05-01

    We investigate a two-photon ionization process in a real hydrogen atom by short and intense chirped laser pulses. Our simulation of the laser-atom interaction consists on numerically solving the three-dimensional time-dependent Schrödinger equation with a spectral method. The unperturbed wave functions and electronic energies of the atomic system were found by using an accurate L2 discretization technique based on the expansion of the wave functions on B-spline functions. We show the efficiency of chirped laser pulses to control the ionization yield and the transfer of the population to the 2 p bound state involved in the ionization path.

  10. Electron-impact excitation of holmium atoms

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    Smirnov, Yu M

    2000-06-30

    The electron-impact excitation of holmium atoms was studied by the method of extended crossing beams. The cross sections and the optical excitation functions were obtained for odd levels of Ho I, including the 22014 cm{sup -1} laser level. Over 99% of the atoms were shown to reside in the ground level prior to collisions with electrons. Also measured were the excitation cross sections for six even levels, which presumably participate in the formation of inversion population in a gas-discharge holmium vapour laser. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  11. A self-injected, diode-pumped, solid-state ring laser for laser cooling of Li atoms

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    Miake, Yudai; Mukaiyama, Takashi; O’Hara, Kenneth M.; Gensemer, Stephen

    2015-04-15

    We have constructed a solid-state light source for experiments with laser cooled lithium atoms based on a Nd:Y V O{sub 4} ring laser with second-harmonic generation. Unidirectional lasing, an improved mode selection, and a high output power of the ring laser were achieved by weak coupling to an external cavity which contained the lossy elements required for single frequency operation. Continuous frequency tuning is accomplished by controlling two piezoelectric transducers (PZTs) in the internal and the external cavities simultaneously. The light source has been utilized to trap and cool fermionic lithium atoms into the quantum degenerate regime.

  12. Methods and evaluation of frequency aging in distributed-feedback laser diodes for rubidium atomic clocks

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    Matthey, Renaud; Affolderbach, Christoph; Mileti, Gaetano

    2011-09-01

    Distributed-feedback laser diodes emitting at 780nm have been evaluated, with respect to the aging of the injection current required for reaching the rubidium D2 resonance line. Results obtained for lasers operating in air and in vacuum for 9 months are reported. When operated at constant temperature, the laser current required for emission at the wavelength of the desired atomic resonance is found to decrease by 50 to 80?A per month. The impact of this result on the lifetime and long-term performances of laser-pumped rubidium atomic clocks is discussed.

  13. Methods and evaluation of frequency aging in distributed-feedback laser diodes for rubidium atomic clocks.

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    Matthey, Renaud; Affolderbach, Christoph; Mileti, Gaetano

    2011-09-01

    Distributed-feedback laser diodes emitting at 780 nm have been evaluated, with respect to the aging of the injection current required for reaching the rubidium D2 resonance line. Results obtained for lasers operating in air and in vacuum for 9 months are reported. When operated at constant temperature, the laser current required for emission at the wavelength of the desired atomic resonance is found to decrease by 50 to 80 μA per month. The impact of this result on the lifetime and long-term performances of laser-pumped rubidium atomic clocks is discussed. PMID:21886194

  14. Construction and characterization of external cavity diode lasers for atomic physics.

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    Hardman, Kyle S; Bennetts, Shayne; Debs, John E; Kuhn, Carlos C N; McDonald, Gordon D; Robins, Nick

    2014-01-01

    Since their development in the late 1980s, cheap, reliable external cavity diode lasers (ECDLs) have replaced complex and expensive traditional dye and Titanium Sapphire lasers as the workhorse laser of atomic physics labs. Their versatility and prolific use throughout atomic physics in applications such as absorption spectroscopy and laser cooling makes it imperative for incoming students to gain a firm practical understanding of these lasers. This publication builds upon the seminal work by Wieman, updating components, and providing a video tutorial. The setup, frequency locking and performance characterization of an ECDL will be described. Discussion of component selection and proper mounting of both diodes and gratings, the factors affecting mode selection within the cavity, proper alignment for optimal external feedback, optics setup for coarse and fine frequency sensitive measurements, a brief overview of laser locking techniques, and laser linewidth measurements are included. PMID:24796259

  15. Construction and Characterization of External Cavity Diode Lasers for Atomic Physics

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    Hardman, Kyle S.; Bennetts, Shayne; Debs, John E.; Kuhn, Carlos C. N.; McDonald, Gordon D.; Robins, Nick

    2014-01-01

    Since their development in the late 1980s, cheap, reliable external cavity diode lasers (ECDLs) have replaced complex and expensive traditional dye and Titanium Sapphire lasers as the workhorse laser of atomic physics labs1,2. Their versatility and prolific use throughout atomic physics in applications such as absorption spectroscopy and laser cooling1,2 makes it imperative for incoming students to gain a firm practical understanding of these lasers. This publication builds upon the seminal work by Wieman3, updating components, and providing a video tutorial. The setup, frequency locking and performance characterization of an ECDL will be described. Discussion of component selection and proper mounting of both diodes and gratings, the factors affecting mode selection within the cavity, proper alignment for optimal external feedback, optics setup for coarse and fine frequency sensitive measurements, a brief overview of laser locking techniques, and laser linewidth measurements are included. PMID:24796259

  16. Determining the stable isotope composition of pore water from saturated and unsaturated zone core: improvements to the direct vapour equilibration laser spectrometry method

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    Hendry, M. J.; Schmeling, E.; Wassenaar, L. I.; Barbour, S. L.; Pratt, D.

    2015-11-01

    A method to measure the δ2H and δ18O composition of pore waters in saturated and unsaturated geologic core samples using direct vapour equilibration and laser spectrometry (DVE-LS) was first described in 2008, and has since been rapidly adopted. Here, we describe a number of important methodological improvements and limitations encountered in routine application of DVE-LS over several years. Generally, good comparative agreement, as well as accuracy, is obtained between core pore water isotopic data obtained using DVE-LS and that measured on water squeezed from the same core. In complex hydrogeologic settings, high-resolution DVE-LS depth profiles provide greater spatial resolution of isotopic profiles compared to long-screened or nested piezometers. When fluid is used during drilling and coring (e.g. water rotary or wet sonic drill methods), spiking the drill fluid with 2H can be conducted to identify core contamination. DVE-LS analyses yield accurate formational isotopic data for fine-textured core (e.g. clay, shale) samples, but are less effective for cores obtained from saturated permeable (e.g. sand, gravels) geologic media or on chip samples that are easily contaminated by wet rotary drilling fluid. Data obtained from DVE-LS analyses of core samples collected using wet (contamination by drill water) and dry sonic (water loss by heating) methods were also problematic. Accurate DVE-LS results can be obtained on core samples with gravimetric water contents > 5 % by increasing the sample size tested. Inexpensive Ziploc™ gas-sampling bags were determined to be as good as, if not better than, other, more expensive specialty bags. Sample storage in sample bags provides acceptable results for up to 10 days of storage; however, measurable water loss, as well as evaporitic isotopic enrichment, occurs for samples stored for up to 6 months. With appropriate care taken during sample collection and storage, the DVE-LS approach for obtaining high-resolution pore water isotopic data is a promising alternative to study the hydrogeology of saturated and unsaturated sediments. Eliminating analytical interferences from volatile organics remains a challenge.

  17. First-order correlation functions in a binary-collisions atom laser scheme

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    Zobay, O.; Meystre, P.

    1998-05-01

    First-order correlation functions for a recently proposed atom laser scheme [1,2] are investigated. In this model the atomic dynamics is described in terms of a system of three atomic resonator modes, i.e. pump, loss, and laser mode. The laser operation relies on binary collisions between ground state atoms fed into the pump mode. After adiabatically eliminating the loss mode analytical approximations for the first-order correlation function of the laser mode can be derived using a linearized fluctuation ansatz. With the help of these approximations which have been checked against numerical simulations the influence of the various system parameters, i.e. pumping and collision strengths, on the laser linewidth can be discussed. Applying these results to the atom laser scheme of Ref. [2] it is shown that a laser linewidth of the order of the natural linewidth of the laser mode might be achievable. [1] M. Holland et al, Phys. Rev. A 54, R1757 (1996). [2] M. G. Moore and P. Meystre, Phys. Rev. A 56, 2989 (1997).

  18. Novel laser atomic fluorescence spectrometer for environmental and biomedical analyses of heavy metals

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    Dergachev, Alex Y.; Mirov, Sergey B.; Pitt, Robert E.; Parmer, Keith D.

    1997-05-01

    We report on the development of a novel experimental set-up using laser atomic fluorescence for detection and concentration measurements of heavy metal atoms for environmental and biomedical analyses. This spectrometer is based on the application of tunable LiF:F2+** and LiF:F2- color center and alexandrite lasers with nonlinear converters for narrowband excitation of atomic fluorescence and the use of gated multichannel CCD detectors for fluorescence measurements. A standard graphite furnace module was used for sample atomization. The laser sources used provide narrowband selective laser excitation continuously tunable in the 200 - 400 nm range and are therefore suitable for resonant excitation of atomic transitions in practically all known heavy metal atoms. In the first experiments, water samples containing Cu, Pb and Fe impurities were studied and detection levels of less than 1 ppb were observed. Comparison of the results of atomic laser fluorescence analysis and traditional atomic absorption spectrometry showed good qualitative agreement between these two methods. It is projected that full optimization of our experimental set up will allow for improved detection levels of several orders of magnitude. Possible optimization and simplification of the spectrometer are discussed in the context of developing a portable instrument for field use.

  19. Broadening the applications of the atom probe technique by ultraviolet femtosecond laser.

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    Hono, K; Ohkubo, T; Chen, Y M; Kodzuka, M; Oh-ishi, K; Sepehri-Amin, H; Li, F; Kinno, T; Tomiya, S; Kanitani, Y

    2011-05-01

    Laser assisted field evaporation using ultraviolet (UV) wavelength gives rise to better mass resolution and signal-to-noise ratio in atom probe mass spectra of metals, semiconductors and insulators compared to infrared and green lasers. Combined with the site specific specimen preparation techniques using the lift-out and annular Ga ion milling in a focused ion beam machine, a wide variety of materials including insulating oxides can be quantitatively analyzed by the three-dimensional atom probe using UV laser assisted field evaporation. After discussing laser irradiation conditions for optimized atom probe analyses, recent atom probe tomography results on oxides, semiconductor devices and grain boundaries of sintered magnets are presented. PMID:21177036

  20. Testing Lorentz Invariance with Laser-Cooled Cesium Atomic Frequency Standards

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    Klipstein, William M.

    2004-01-01

    This slide presentation reviews the Lorentz invariance testing during the proposed PARCS experiment. It includes information on the primary atomic reference clock in space (PARCS), cesium, laser cooling, and the vision for the future.

  1. Plateau Structure in Resonant Laser-Assisted Electron-Atom Scattering

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    Flegel, A. V.; Frolov, M. V.; Manakov, N. L.; Starace, Anthony F.

    2009-03-13

    Orders of magnitude increases are predicted in the cross sections for electron-atom scattering accompanied by absorption or emission of n laser photons for incident electron energies at which the electron, by emitting {mu} laser photons, can be captured by the atom to form a negative ion. Enhancements are most significant in the plateau region (n>>{mu}) of the scattered electron spectrum, whose shape is predicted to replicate that of the ion's (n+{mu})-photon detachment spectrum.

  2. Studies of F atom-based excitation chemistry for iodine lasers

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    Oakes, David B.; Lee, Seonkyung; Maislin, Gami; Patel, Ankit; Kessler, William J.; Silva, Michelle L.; Shockley, Ryan; Davis, Steven J.

    2004-05-01

    In this paper we discuss vibrational to electronic energy transfer as a potential method for producing a population inversion in atomic iodine. We discuss the background of this approach and a novel, high-flux F atom source integrated into a small scale supersonic reactor. We present data for energy transfer from HF(v) and H2(v) to the I atom manifold. Using a sensitive diode laser diagnostic we have probed the ground state manifold atomic iodine and observed that the absorption on the I atom line could be reduced to an immeasureably low value. We also describe a novel, diode laser based imaging diagnostic that will have important applications in future chemical or electrical laser development.

  3. Measurement of the Hyperfine Splitting of Alkali Atoms in Superfluid Helium for Laser Spectroscopy of Atoms with Unstable Nuclei

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    Imamura, Kei; Furukawa, Takeshi; Wakui, Takashi; Yang, Xiaofei; Mitsuya, Yousuke; Fujita, Tomomi; Ebara, Yuta; Hayasaka, Miki; Ichikawa, Yuichi; Shirai, Hazuki; Suzuki, Takahiro; Sato, Tomoya; Ohtomo, Yuichi; Kojima, Shuichiro; Asahi, Koichiro; Hatakeyama, Atsushi; Odashima, Hitoshi; Kobayashi, Tohru; Ueno, Hideki; Matsuo, Yukari

    We have developed a new nuclear laser spectroscopy method that is named "OROCHI" (Optical RI-atom Observation in Condensed Helium as Ion-catcher). OROCHI utilizes superfluid helium both as an effective stopper of highly energetic ion beams and as a host matrix for in-situ laser spectroscopy of radioactive isotopes (RIs). Zeeman splitting energy and hyperfine splitting energy (HFS) of the atoms introduced into He II are measured to deduce nuclear spins and moments, respectively. So far, we have confirmed the feasibility of OROCHI to RIs by observing the Zeeman resonance successfully using 84-87Rb beam delivered from RIPS (RIKEN Projectile fragmentation Separator) beamline in RIBF. Recently, we have also successfully observed the HFS resonance of the injected 87Rb atoms. We report the details of the experiment.

  4. Laser-Induced Particle Adsorption on Atomically Thin MoS2.

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    Tran Khac, Bien Cuong; Jeon, Ki-Joon; Choi, Seung Tae; Kim, Yong Soo; DelRio, Frank W; Chung, Koo-Hyun

    2016-02-10

    Atomically thin molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) shows great potential for use in nanodevices because of its remarkable electronic, optoelectronic, and mechanical properties. These material properties are often dependent on the thickness or the number of layers, and hence Raman spectroscopy is widely used to characterize the thickness of atomically thin MoS2 due to the sensitivity of the vibrational spectrum to thickness. However, the lasers used in Raman spectroscopy can increase the local surface temperature and eventually damage the upper layers of the MoS2, thereby changing the aforementioned material properties. In this work, the effects of lasers on the topography and material properties of atomically thin MoS2 were systematically investigated using Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. In detail, friction force microscopy was used to study the friction characteristics of atomically thin MoS2 as a function of laser powers from 0.5 to 20 mW and number of layers from 1 to 3. It was found that particles formed on the top surface of the atomically thin MoS2 due to laser-induced thermal effects. The degree of particle formation increased as the laser power increased, prior to the thinning of the atomically thin MoS2. In addition, the degree of particle formation increased as the number of MoS2 layers increased, which suggests that the thermal behavior of the supported MoS2 may differ depending on the number of layers. The particles likely originated from the atmosphere due to laser-induced heating, but could be eliminated via appropriate laser powers and exposure times, which were determined experimentally. The outcomes of this work indicate that thermal management is crucial in the design of reliable nanoscale devices based on atomically thin MoS2. PMID:26795729

  5. Improvement of the lasing performance of copper vapor laser by adding Sc atoms as energy donors

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    Kimura, H.; Chinen, M.; Nayuki, T.; Saitoh, H.

    1997-07-01

    The lasing performance of a copper vapor laser with a 60 mm diameter and 2000 mm discharge length has been improved by adding Sc atoms. As a typical result, a 28{percent} increase of output power and electrical-optical conversion efficiency has been obtained. The result was qualitatively but reasonably interpreted as indicating that the upper laser level was enhanced by the collisional energy transfer from a response of Sc atoms to a resonance-excited state of Cu atoms. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  6. Laser diagnostics of the energy spectrum of Rydberg states of the lithium-7 atom

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    Zelener, B. B. Saakyan, S. A.; Sautenkov, V. A.; Manykin, E. A.; Zelener, B. V.; Fortov, V. E.

    2015-12-15

    The spectra of excited lithium-7 atoms prepared in a magneto-optical trap are studied using a UV laser. The laser diagnostics of the energy of Rydberg atoms is developed based on measurements of the change in resonance fluorescence intensity of ultracold atoms as the exciting UV radiation frequency passes through the Rydberg transition frequency. The energies of various nS configurations are obtained in a broad range of the principal quantum number n from 38 to 165. The values of the quantum defect and ionization energy obtained in experiments and predicted theoretically are discussed.

  7. Magnetic-field-induced enhancement of atomic stabilization in intense high-frequency laser fields

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    Simonsen, Aleksander Skjerlie; Frre, Morten

    2015-07-01

    The role of the magnetic-field component of the laser pulse on the phenomenon of atomic stabilization is investigated in an ab initio study. This is achieved by solving the time-dependent Schrdinger equation for the laser-atom interaction beyond the dipole approximation. The system under study is atomic hydrogen and the atom is assumed to be irradiated by an intense xuv laser light pulse of varying intensity and duration. We consider two different photon energies, ? ? =54 and 95 eV. The main finding is that there exists a range of laser pulse durations lasting for a few tens of field cycles where the atomic stabilization effect is enhanced due to the magnetic-field component. This is a rather surprising result that contradicts earlier statements made in the few-cycle pulse regime, where it has been shown that the magnetic field has a destructive effect in that the degree of stabilization is suppressed. It is further found that in the long-pulse limit the ionization probabilities obtained when illuminating the target with dipole and nondipole fields eventually coincide, meaning that the magnetic-field component of the laser field finally loses its significance in the context of atomic stabilization. It is also found that within the window of enhanced stabilization, the surplus population is distributed among excited bound states rather than in the initial ground state.

  8. Atomic lead photodissociation laser at 722.9 nm

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    Zhang, Jie; Cheng, Bingying; Zhang, Daozhong; Zhao, Lizeng; Zhao, Yuying; Wang, Tianjuan

    1988-10-01

    Stimulated emission has been generated on the 722.9 nm line of neutral lead by photodissociation of PbI 2 molecules with the 405.8 nm output of a DPS dye laser. An energy conversion efficiency of about 4% has been obtained. The effect of heatpipe temperature and pump laser energy on the 722.9 nm radiation is studied.

  9. Mechanisms of infrared-laser-assisted atomic ionization by attosecond pulses

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    Tong, X. M.; Ranitovic, P.; Cocke, C. L.; Toshima, N.

    2010-02-15

    We propose a mechanism to understand the infrared (IR) laser assisted atomic ionization by attosecond pulses (AP). Atomic structures in an IR laser field are described by Floquet states and atoms can be ionized to a Floquet state by a single AP through different Floquet components. The interference of ionization through different Floquet components results in the oscillation of the ionization yield as a function of the arriving time of the AP. The proposed mechanism explains the recent experimental observations [Johnsson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 233001 (2007)]. Furthermore, we find that, for a specified photoelectron energy, the ionization yield always oscillates as a function of the relative phase between the AP and the IR laser for both He and Ar atoms.

  10. Time-Resolved Spectroscopy With A Narrow-Band Pulsed Dye Laser At High Irradiances

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    van Bergen, A. R.; Hollander, Tj.; Alkemade, C. T.

    1985-03-01

    We measured the fluorescence spectrum of the Na-D lines in a sodium vapour cell filled with Ar gas, excited by an intense, nearly monochromatic laser near resonance. In this case the theory (dressed-atom model) predicts a line splitting dependent on the laser intensity.

  11. Modern Laser-Atomic Physics and Stable Oscillators for Real World Applications

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    Hollberg, Leo

    2010-03-01

    This talk will consider how, when and where modern laser/atomic physics might play a significant role in real world applications. Advances in laser technology, control systems and precision laser spectroscopy are enabling many new capabilities for measurements and instrumentation, and can improve the performance of atomic clocks, magnetometers and inertial sensors by several orders of magnitude. Initial ideas of using lasers to enhance the performance of atom-based instruments dates back to the 1960s, and those early predictions were mostly well founded and have now been demonstrated, to varying degrees, in research laboratories and environments around the world. However, 40 years later, these promises have yet to be realized in industrial, governmental or commercial applications. As an example, the technology and performance (in terms of accuracy and stability) of commercially available atomic clocks has been rather stagnate since the 1970s, whereas those in research laboratories have continued to improve so that their performance is roughly 1000x better than the commercial frequency standards. We can, and should, ask why there is such a large gap between what is possible and what is commercially available? Reasons for the large disconnect in performance are multifold, and will be discussed. Atom-Optic Inertial sensors (gyros, accelerometers) are a more recent development and application that uses the same methods of laser atomic physics. Efforts are now underway to bring these atom interferometer inertial sensors to real world applications and commercial availability. Extremely stable microwave sources are another spinoff of precision laser technology and spectroscopy. It now appears that lasers may soon find their way into high performance commercial clocks and magnetometers and other instruments. However, our community has been making such promises and predictions for decades now...

  12. Determining traces of indium in especial-purity tin by laser atomic absorption

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    Bykov, I.V.; Chekalin, N.V.; Tikhomirova, E.I.

    1985-04-20

    This paper examines various schemes for the selective laser excitation of tin atoms in an acetylene-air flame. The exciting source was provided by two laser systems: dye lasers, which include master lasers and a prism telescope along with an amplifier having transverse pumping by a nitrogen laser, and dye lasers employing glancing incidence and longitudinal pumping by the second harmonic of an Nd-YAG laser. A limit of detection for indium in aqueous solution of about 1 pg/ml has been attained and there is virtually no effect from tin in a two-stage ioinization scheme up to a concentration of 50 g/liter. It is possible to determine indium in tin at the level of 10/sup -8/%.

  13. Phase-locked laser system for use in atomic coherence experiments.

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    Marino, Alberto M; Stroud, C R

    2008-01-01

    We describe a phase-coherent laser system designed for use in experiments involving coherently prepared atomic media. We implement a simple technique based on a sample-and-hold circuit together with a reset of the integrating electronics that makes it possible to scan continuously the relative frequency between the lasers of over tens of gigahertz while keeping them phase locked. The system consists of three external-cavity diode lasers operating around 795 nm. A low-power laser serves as a frequency reference for two high-power lasers which are phased locked with an optical phase-locked loop. We measured the residual phase noise of the system to be less than 0.04 rad(2). In order to show the application of the system towards atomic coherence experiments, we used it to implement electromagnetically induced transparency in a rubidium vapor cell and obtained a reduction in the absorption coefficient of 92%. PMID:18248019

  14. Pulsed-laser atom probe studies of a precipitation hardened maraging TRIP steel.

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    Dmitrieva, O; Choi, P; Gerstl, S S A; Ponge, D; Raabe, D

    2011-05-01

    A precipitation hardened maraging TRIP steel was analyzed using a pulsed laser atom probe. The laser pulse energy was varied from 0.3 to 1.9 nJ to study its effect on the measured chemical compositions and spatial resolution. Compositional analyses using proximity histograms did not show any significant variations in the average matrix and precipitate compositions. The only remarkable change in the atom probe data was a decrease in the ++/+ charge state ratios of the elements. The values of the evaporation field used for the reconstructions exhibit a linear dependence on the laser pulse energy. The adjustment of the evaporation fields used in the reconstructions for different laser pulse energies was based on the correlation of the obtained cluster shapes to the TEM observations. No influence of laser pulse energy on chemical composition of the precipitates and on the chemical sharpness of their interfaces was detected. PMID:21215524

  15. A phase-modulated laser system of ultra-low phase noise for compact atom interferometers

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    Lee, Ki-Se; Kim, Jaewan; Lee, Sang-Bum; Park, Sang Eon; Kwon, Taek Yong

    2015-07-01

    A compact and robust laser system is essential for mobile atom interferometers. Phase modulation can provide the two necessary phase-coherent frequencies without sophisticated phase-locking between two different lasers. However, the additional laser frequencies generated can perturb the atom interferometer. In this article, we report on a novel method to produce a single high-power laser beam composed of two phase-coherent sidebands without the perturbing carrier mode. Light from a diode laser is phase-modulated by using a fiber-coupled electro-optic modulator driven at 3.4 GHz and passes through a Fabry-Perot cavity with a 6.8 GHz free spectral range. The cavity filters the carrier mode to leave the two first-order sidebands for the two-photon Raman transition between the two hyperfine ground states of 87Rb. The laser beam is then fed to a single tapered amplifier, and the two sidebands are both amplified without mode competition. The phase noise is lower than that of a state-of-the-art optically phase-locked external-cavity diode laser (-135 dBrad2/Hz at 10 kHz) at frequencies above 10 Hz. This technique can be used in all-fiber-based laser systems for future mobile atom interferometers.

  16. Neutral Rydberg-state excitation of atoms and diatomic molecules in strong laser fields

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    Lv, Hang; Zhang, Junfeng; Zuo, Wanlong; Jin, Mingxing; Xu, Haifeng; Ding, Dajun

    2014-04-01

    Using pulsed-field ionization technique combining with time-of-flight mass spectrometer, we have observed neutral Rydberg-state excitation of Ar atom and NO molecule when irradiated by a 90-fs 800-nm laser with intensity range of 1.5×1014 ~ 3.0×1015 Wcm-2. The dependence of the Rydberg-state excitation on the polarization and intensity of the laser field has been investigated. The results show that Rydberg-state excitation is suppressed by the circular polarized laser and the yield of Rydberg-state exhibits a plateau structure as the laser intensity is increased.

  17. Diode-Pumped Alkali Atom Lasers 03-LW-024 Final Report

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    Page, R H; Beach, R J

    2005-02-16

    The recent work at LLNL on alkali-atom lasers has been remarkably successful and productive. Three main phases (so far) can be identified. First, the concept and demonstration of red lasers using (Ti:sapphire pumping) took place; during this time, Rubidium and Cesium resonance-line lasers were tested, and theoretical models were developed and shown to describe experimental results very reliably. Work done during this first phase has been well documented, and the models from that period are still in use for their predictions and for designing power-scaled lasers. [1 - 3] Second, attempts were made to produce a blue alkali-vapor laser using sequentially-resonant two-step pumping (again, using Ti:sapphire lasers.) Although a blue laser did not result, the physical limitations of our approach are now better-defined. Third, diode-pumped operation of a red laser (Rubidium) was attempted, and we eventually succeeded in demonstrating the world's first diode-pumped gas laser. [4] Because we have a defensible concept for producing an efficient, compact, lightweight, power-scaled laser (tens of kW,) we are in a position to secure outside funding, and would like to find a sponsor. For descriptions of work done during the ''first phase,'' see References [1 - 3] ''Phase two'' work is briefly described in the section ''Blue laser,'' and ''phase three'' work is presented in the section entitled ''Diode-pumped red laser.''

  18. Atomic motion in the magneto-optical trap consisting of partially spatially coherent laser

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    Zhang, Bao-Wu; Wang, Zhao-Ying; Kong, De-Long; Lin, Qiang

    2015-08-01

    Rb atom motion in a magneto-optical trap (MOT) consisting of a partially spatially coherent laser (PSCL) is investigated theoretically. The spatial coherence of the laser is controlled by the electro-optic crystal. The instantaneous spatial distribution of the dissipative force induced by the PSCL on an Rb atom is varying with time stochastically. The simulated results indicate that compared with a fully coherent laser, the spatial coherent laser has effects on the atomic trajectories; however, the capture velocity and the escape velocity are kept the same. The main reason is that the spatial coherence of the laser fluctuates temporally and spatially, but the average photon scattering rate varies little, which makes the total number of atoms and the atomic density distribution unchanged. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11174249 and 61475139), the National High-Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2011AA060504), and the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB329501).

  19. High-order-harmonic generation from Rydberg atoms driven by plasmon-enhanced laser fields

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    Tikman, Y.; Yavuz, I.; Ciappina, M. F.; Chacón, A.; Altun, Z.; Lewenstein, M.

    2016-02-01

    We theoretically investigate high-order-harmonic generation (HHG) in Rydberg atoms driven by spatially inhomogeneous laser fields, induced, for instance, by plasmonic enhancement. It is well known that the laser intensity should exceed a certain threshold in order to stimulate HHG when noble gas atoms in their ground state are used as an active medium. One way to enhance the coherent light coming from a conventional laser oscillator is to take advantage of the amplification obtained by the so-called surface plasmon polaritons, created when a low-intensity laser field is focused onto a metallic nanostructure. The main limitation of this scheme is the low damage threshold of the materials employed in the nanostructure engineering. In this work we propose the use of Rydberg atoms, driven by spatially inhomogeneous, plasmon-enhanced laser fields, for HHG. We exhaustively discuss the behavior and efficiency of these systems in the generation of coherent harmonic emission. Toward this aim we numerically solve the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for an atom, with an electron initially in a highly excited n th Rydberg state, located in the vicinity of a metallic nanostructure. In this zone the electric field changes spatially on scales relevant for the dynamics of the laser-ionized electron. We first use a one-dimensional model to investigate systematically the phenomena. We then employ a more realistic situation, in which the interaction of a plasmon-enhanced laser field with a three-dimensional hydrogen atom is modeled. We discuss the scaling of the relevant input parameters with the principal quantum number n of the Rydberg state in question and demonstrate that harmonic emission can be achieved from Rydberg atoms well below the damage threshold, thus without deterioration of the geometry and properties of the metallic nanostructure.

  20. Atomic diffusion in laser surface modified AISI H13 steel

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    Aqida, S. N.; Brabazon, D.; Naher, S.

    2013-07-01

    This paper presents a laser surface modification process of AISI H13 steel using 0.09 and 0.4 mm of laser spot sizes with an aim to increase surface hardness and investigate elements diffusion in laser modified surface. A Rofin DC-015 diffusion-cooled CO2 slab laser was used to process AISI H13 steel samples. Samples of 10 mm diameter were sectioned to 100 mm length in order to process a predefined circumferential area. The parameters selected for examination were laser peak power, pulse repetition frequency (PRF), and overlap percentage. The hardness properties were tested at 981 mN force. Metallographic study and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) were performed to observe presence of elements and their distribution in the sample surface. Maximum hardness achieved in the modified surface was 1017 HV0.1. Change of elements composition in the modified layer region was detected in the laser modified samples. Diffusion possibly occurred for C, Cr, Cu, Ni, and S elements. The potential found for increase in surface hardness represents an important method to sustain tooling life. The EDXS findings signify understanding of processing parameters effect on the modified surface composition.

  1. Fluctuation properties of laser light after interaction with an atomic system: Comparison between two-level and multilevel atomic transitions

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    Lezama, A.; Rebhi, R.; Kastberg, A.; Tanzilli, S.; Kaiser, R.

    2015-09-01

    The complex internal atomic structure involved in radiative transitions has an effect on the spectrum of fluctuations (noise) of the transmitted light. A degenerate transition has different properties in this respect than a pure two-level transition. We investigate these variations by studying a certain transition between two degenerate atomic levels for different choices of the polarization state of the driving laser. For circular polarization, corresponding to the textbook two-level-atom case, the optical spectrum shows the characteristic Mollow triplet for strong laser drive, while the corresponding noise spectrum exhibits squeezing in some frequency ranges. For a linearly polarized drive, corresponding to the case of a multilevel system, additional features appear in both optical and noise spectra. These differences are more pronounced in the regime of a weakly driven transition: whereas the two-level case essentially exhibits elastic scattering, the multilevel case has extra noise terms related to spontaneous Raman transitions. We also discuss the possibility to experimentally observe these predicted differences for the commonly encountered case where the laser drive has excess noise in its phase quadrature.

  2. Laser-Assisted Field Evaporation and Three-Dimensional Atom-by-Atom Mapping of Diamond Isotopic Homojunctions.

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    Mukherjee, Samik; Watanabe, Hideyuki; Isheim, Dieter; Seidman, David N; Moutanabbir, Oussama

    2016-02-10

    It addition to its high evaporation field, diamond is also known for its limited photoabsorption, strong covalent bonding, and wide bandgap. These characteristics have been thought for long to also complicate the field evaporation of diamond and make its control hardly achievable on the atomistic-level. Herein, we demonstrate that the unique behavior of nanoscale diamond and its interaction with pulsed laser lead to a controlled field evaporation thus enabling three-dimensional atom-by-atom mapping of diamond (12)C/(13)C homojunctions. We also show that one key element in this process is to operate the pulsed laser at high energy without letting the dc bias increase out of bounds for diamond nanotip to withstand. Herein, the role of the dc bias in evaporation of diamond is essentially to generate free charge carriers within the nanotip via impact ionization. The mobile free charges screen the internal electric field, eventually creating a hole rich surface where the pulsed laser is effectively absorbed leading to an increase in the nanotip surface temperature. The effect of this temperature on the uncertainty in the time-of-flight of an ion, the diffusion of atoms on the surface of the nanotip, is also discussed. In addition to paving the way toward a precise manipulation of isotopes in diamond-based nanoscale and quantum structures, this result also elucidates some of the basic properties of dielectric nanostructures under high electric field. PMID:26741402

  3. The effects of optical pumping on laser enhanced electron impact ionization of atoms

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    Park, S. M.; Diebold, G. J.

    1989-01-01

    Excitation of an atom by optical radiation reduces the atomic ionization energy thereby increasing its electron impact ionization cross section. Since the enhancement in the ionization rate depends on the population of atoms that can be maintained in the excited state, optical pumping of the ground state hyperfine levels can have pronounced effect on the magnitude of the observed signal. Here, experiments with Na atoms pumped by a narrowband dye laser are reported. Optical pumping is shown to have a significant effect on the signal-to-noise ratio in transitions that do not constitute a two level system.

  4. Laser-cooled atoms inside a hollow-core photonic-crystal fiber

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    Bajcsy, M.; Hofferberth, S.; Balic, V.; Zibrov, A. S.; Lukin, M. D.; Peyronel, T.; Liang, Q.; Vuletic, V.

    2011-06-15

    We describe the loading of laser-cooled rubidium atoms into a single-mode hollow-core photonic-crystal fiber. Inside the fiber, the atoms are confined by a far-detuned optical trap and probed by a weak resonant beam. We describe different loading methods and compare their trade-offs in terms of implementation complexity and atom-loading efficiency. The most efficient procedure results in loading of {approx}30,000 rubidium atoms, which creates a medium with an optical depth of {approx}180 inside the fiber. Compared to our earlier study this represents a sixfold increase in the maximum achieved optical depth in this system.

  5. Helium in chirped laser fields as a time-asymmetric atomic switch.

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    Kaprálová-Žďánská, Petra Ruth; Moiseyev, Nimrod

    2014-07-01

    Tuning the laser parameters exceptional points in the spectrum of the dressed laser helium atom are obtained. The weak linearly polarized laser couples the ground state and the doubly excited P-states of helium. We show here that for specific chirped laser pulses that encircle an exceptional point one can get the time-asymmetric phenomenon, where for a negative chirped laser pulse the ground state is transformed into the doubly excited auto-ionization state, while for a positive chirped laser pulse the resonance state is not populated and the neutral helium atoms remains in the ground state as the laser pulse is turned off. Moreover, we show that the results are very sensitive to the closed contour we choose. This time-asymmetric state exchange phenomenon can be considered as a time-asymmetric atomic switch. The optimal time-asymmetric switch is obtained when the closed loop that encircles the exceptional point is large, while for the smallest loops, the time-asymmetric phenomenon does not take place. A systematic way for studying the effect of the chosen closed contour that encircles the exceptional point on the time-asymmetric phenomenon is proposed. PMID:25005289

  6. Helium in chirped laser fields as a time-asymmetric atomic switch

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    Kaprálová-Žďánská, Petra Ruth; Moiseyev, Nimrod

    2014-07-07

    Tuning the laser parameters exceptional points in the spectrum of the dressed laser helium atom are obtained. The weak linearly polarized laser couples the ground state and the doubly excited P-states of helium. We show here that for specific chirped laser pulses that encircle an exceptional point one can get the time-asymmetric phenomenon, where for a negative chirped laser pulse the ground state is transformed into the doubly excited auto-ionization state, while for a positive chirped laser pulse the resonance state is not populated and the neutral helium atoms remains in the ground state as the laser pulse is turned off. Moreover, we show that the results are very sensitive to the closed contour we choose. This time-asymmetric state exchange phenomenon can be considered as a time-asymmetric atomic switch. The optimal time-asymmetric switch is obtained when the closed loop that encircles the exceptional point is large, while for the smallest loops, the time-asymmetric phenomenon does not take place. A systematic way for studying the effect of the chosen closed contour that encircles the exceptional point on the time-asymmetric phenomenon is proposed.

  7. Combined quantum-state preparation and laser cooling of a continuous beam of cold atoms

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    Di Domenico, Gianni; Devenoges, Laurent; Dumas, Claire; Thomann, Pierre

    2010-11-15

    We use two-laser optical pumping on a continuous atomic fountain in order to prepare cold cesium atoms in the same quantum ground state. A first laser excites the F=4 ground state to pump the atoms toward F=3 while a second {pi}-polarized laser excites the F=3{yields}F{sup '}=3 transition of the D{sub 2} line to produce Zeeman pumping toward m=0. To avoid trap states, we implement the first laser in a two-dimensional optical lattice geometry, thereby creating polarization gradients. This configuration has the advantage of simultaneously producing Sisyphus cooling when the optical lattice laser is tuned between the F=4{yields}F{sup '}=4 and F=4{yields}F{sup '}=5 transitions of the D{sub 2} line, which is important to remove the heat produced by optical pumping. Detuning the frequency of the second {pi}-polarized laser reveals the action of a mechanism improving both laser cooling and state-preparation efficiency. A physical interpretation of this mechanism is discussed.

  8. Quantum treatment of two-stage sub-Doppler laser cooling of magnesium atoms

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    Prudnikov, O. N.; Brazhnikov, D. V.; Taichenachev, A. V.; Yudin, V. I.; Bonert, A. E.; Il'enkov, R. Ya.; Goncharov, A. N.

    2015-12-01

    Deep laser cooling of 24Mg atoms has been theoretically studied. We propose a two-stage sub-Doppler cooling strategy using electrodipole transition 3 3P2→3 3D3 (λ =383.8 nm). The first stage implies exploiting magneto-optical trap with σ+ and σ- light beams, while at the second stage lin ⊥ lin molasses is used. We focus on achieving a large number of ultracold atoms (Teff<10 μ K ) in a cold-atomic cloud. The calculations have been based on quantum treatment, taking into full account the recoil effect and beyond many widely used approximations. Steady-state values of average kinetic energy and linear momentum distributions of cold atoms have been analyzed for various light-field intensities and frequency detunings. The results of conducted quantum analysis have been significantly different from the results achieved under a semiclassical approximation based on the Fokker-Planck equation. The second cooling stage allows achieving sufficiently lower kinetic energies of the atomic cloud as well as increased fraction of ultracold atoms at certain conditions compared to the first one. We hope that the obtained results can help in overcoming current experimental problems in deep cooling of 24Mg atoms by means of laser field. Cold magnesium atoms cooled in a large amount to several μ K are of huge interest to, for example, quantum metrology and to other many-body cold-atoms physics.

  9. Bistable Photon Emission from a Solid-State Single-Atom Laser

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    Lambert, Neill; Nori, Franco; Flindt, Christian

    2015-11-01

    We predict a bistability in the photon emission from a solid-state single-atom laser comprising a microwave cavity coupled to a voltage-biased double quantum dot. To demonstrate that the single-atom laser is bistable, we evaluate the photon emission statistics and show that the distribution takes the shape of a tilted ellipse. The switching rates of the bistability can be extracted from the electrical current and the shot noise in the quantum dots. This provides a means to control the photon emission statistics by modulating the electronic transport in the quantum dots. Our prediction is robust against moderate electronic decoherence and dephasing and is important for current efforts to realize single-atom lasers with gate-defined quantum dots as the gain medium.

  10. Progress on the laser manipulation of radioactive atoms for precision studies of the weak interaction

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    Rowe, M.A.; Freedman, S.J.; Fujikawa, B.K.

    1995-04-01

    The authors report the recent progress on laser manipulation of the short-lived (22 sec half-life) radioactive {sup 21}Na atoms. Since they successfully demonstrated laser trapping of short-lived radioactive isotope at LBL`s 88 inch Cyclotron, the authors have made substantial improvements in their experimental apparatus. Using a new high temperature oven and MgO target, the thermal atomic beam of {sup 21}Na has been greatly increased. A new trapping magnet has been fabricated, which promises higher trapping efficiency. Currently they are working on the precise measurement of the hyperfine structure of the {sup 21}Na and new laser trapping schemes which provide polarized trapped atoms. These techniques will lead to a precision measurement of the decay asymmetry parameter, which is a sensitive test of the V-A structure of the weak charged current.

  11. Laser supported detonation wave source of atomic oxygen for aerospace material testing

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    Krech, Robert H.; Caledonia, George E.

    1990-01-01

    A pulsed high-flux source of nearly monoenergetic atomic oxygen was developed to perform accelerated erosion testing of spacecraft materials in a simulated low-earth orbit (LEO) environment. Molecular oxygen is introduced into an evacuated conical expansion nozzle at several atmospheres pressure through a pulsed molecular beam valve. A laser-induced breakdown is generated in the nozzle throat by a pulsed CO2 TEA laser. The resulting plasma is heated by the ensuing laser-supported detonation wave, and then it rapidly expands and cools. An atomic oxygen beam is generated with fluxes above 10 to the 18th atoms per pulse at 8 + or - 1.6 km/s with an ion content below 1 percent for LEO testing. Materials testing yielded the same surface oxygen enrichment in polyethylene samples as observed on the STS mission, and scanning electron micrographs of the irradiated polymer surfaces showed an erosion morphology similar to that obtained on low earth orbit.

  12. Light emission induced by an XUV laser pulse interacting resonantly with atomic hydrogen

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    Li, Qingyi; Zhang, Zhiyuan; Zhang, Yunfeng; Li, Suyu; Guo, Fuming; Yang, Yujun

    2016-01-01

    The resonant interaction between XUV ultra-short laser pulses and atomic hydrogen is systematically studied by numerically solving the time-dependent Schrdinger equation in this paper. Triple-peak structures are found to appear in the harmonics emitted provided that the incident laser is resonant with the 1 s-2p transition of the hydrogen atom. Moreover, the energy difference between neighboring peaks is the same and turns out to be proportional to the peak field strength E 0. Based on the theory of strong field approximation, and taking the interactions of the 1 s-2p bound energy levels into consideration, theoretical interpretations of the phenomena mentioned are successfully presented. This work provides a possible approach for generating XUV radiation with a tunable frequency via the interaction between atoms and XUV laser pulses.

  13. Effects of laser energy and wavelength on the analysis of LiFePO₄ using laser assisted atom probe tomography

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    Santhanagopalan, Dhamodaran; Schreiber, Daniel K.; Perea, Daniel E.; Martens, Richard L.; Janssen, Yuri; Khalifah, Peter; Meng, Ying Shirley

    2014-09-21

    The effects of laser wavelength (355 nm and 532 nm) and laser pulse energy on the quantitative analysis of LiFePO₄ by atom probe tomography are considered. A systematic investigation of ultraviolet (UV, 355 nm) and green (532 nm) laser assisted field evaporation has revealed distinctly different behaviors. With the use of a UV laser, the major issue was identified as the preferential loss of oxygen (up to 10 at%) while other elements (Li, Fe and P) were observed to be close to nominal ratios. Lowering the laser energy per pulse to 1 pJ/pulse from 50 pJ/pulse increased the observed oxygenmore » concentration to nearer its correct stoichiometry, which was also well correlated with systematically higher concentrations of ¹⁶O₂⁺ ions. Green laser assisted field evaporation led to the selective loss of Li (33% deficiency) and a relatively minor O deficiency. The loss of Li is likely a result of selective dc evaporation of Li between or after laser pulses. Comparison of the UV and green laser data suggests that the green wavelength energy was absorbed less efficiently than the UV wavelength because of differences in absorption at 355 and 532 nm for LiFePO₄. Plotting of multihit events on Saxey plots also revealed a strong neutral O₂ loss from molecular dissociation, but quantification of this loss was insufficient to account for the observed oxygen deficiency.« less

  14. Effects of laser energy and wavelength on the analysis of LiFePO₄ using laser assisted atom probe tomography

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    Santhanagopalan, Dhamodaran; Schreiber, Daniel K.; Perea, Daniel E.; Martens, Richard L.; Janssen, Yuri; Khalifah, Peter; Meng, Ying Shirley

    2014-09-21

    The effects of laser wavelength (355 nm and 532 nm) and laser pulse energy on the quantitative analysis of LiFePO₄ by atom probe tomography are considered. A systematic investigation of ultraviolet (UV, 355 nm) and green (532 nm) laser assisted field evaporation has revealed distinctly different behaviors. With the use of a UV laser, the major issue was identified as the preferential loss of oxygen (up to 10 at%) while other elements (Li, Fe and P) were observed to be close to nominal ratios. Lowering the laser energy per pulse to 1 pJ/pulse from 50 pJ/pulse increased the observed oxygen concentration to nearer its correct stoichiometry, which was also well correlated with systematically higher concentrations of ¹⁶O₂⁺ ions. Green laser assisted field evaporation led to the selective loss of Li (33% deficiency) and a relatively minor O deficiency. The loss of Li is likely a result of selective dc evaporation of Li between or after laser pulses. Comparison of the UV and green laser data suggests that the green wavelength energy was absorbed less efficiently than the UV wavelength because of differences in absorption at 355 and 532 nm for LiFePO₄. Plotting of multihit events on Saxey plots also revealed a strong neutral O₂ loss from molecular dissociation, but quantification of this loss was insufficient to account for the observed oxygen deficiency.

  15. Applications of atom interferometry using an improved laser cooling method

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    Chung, Kengyeow

    Using a novel method of Raman sideband cooling in a moving optical lattice followed by adiabatic release, atoms launched from a molasses are cooled to about 150 nK, a factor of 10 better than that obtained in the best molasses launch. The atoms move with a velocity spread of about 3 mm/s to a height of 1.3 m above the trap region. With these cold atoms, we have measured g, the acceleration due to gravity with a resolution of 60 parts per trillion after 2 days of integration time. This is performed with an atom interferometer using the π/2-π-π/2 sequence of stimulated Raman transition pulses with an interrogation time of 800 ms. The noise of a single launch of about a billion atoms is 1.0 × 10 -8 g, a factor of 2 better than any previous results. Taking advantage of the long interferometer time, we have also measured the gravity gradient with a ``double diamond'' configuration using the π/2-π-π-π/2 pulse sequence. This is the first demonstration of a gravity gradient measurement using this method. The sensitivity is about 2 × 10-6s-2/ Hz . A ``triple diamond configuration'' with π/2-π-π-π-π/2 pulse sequence is also demonstrated as a feasible method to measure gravity gradient. Different systematic effects that are important in these two methods are discussed. Proposals to obtain a more sensitive measurement in gravity gradient by simultaneously measuring the phase shifts of two groups of atoms launched in the same setup and in the fine structure constant by simultaneously measuring the recoils in atoms absorbing photons in opposite directions are presented.

  16. Atomic oxygen fluorescence excitation using a Raman-shifted, tunable ArF-excimer laser

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    Fletcher, D. G.

    1994-01-01

    A novel method for exciting the two-photon, 2p3 3p 3P left arrow 2p4 3P atomic oxygen transition is reported. The transition to the upper state is achieved through the combined absorption of photons from the second and third Stokes order pulses of an ArF-excimer laser that is wavelength-shifted by the use of deuterium Raman cell. All three transitions from the ground electronic state of the oxygen atom lie within the tuning range of the Raman-shifted ArF laser. The available pulse energy from this laser configuration is comparable to that of commercially available Nd:YAG-pumped dye laser systems operated at 226 nm.

  17. Inelastic scattering of electrons by metastable hydrogen atoms in a laser field

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    Buica, Gabriela

    2015-09-01

    The inelastic scattering of fast electrons by metastable hydrogen atoms in the presence of a linearly polarized laser field is theoretically studied in the domain of field intensities below 1010 W/cm2. The interaction of the hydrogen atom with the laser field is described by first-order time-dependent perturbation theory, while the projectile electrons interacting with the laser field are described by the Gordon-Volkov wave functions. An analytic expression is obtained for the differential scattering cross section in the first-order Born approximation for laser-assisted inelastic e--H (2 s ) scattering for the 2 s →n l excitation. Detailed analytical and numerical results are presented for inelastic scattering accompanied by one-photon absorption, and the angular dependence and resonance structure of the differential cross sections are discussed for the 2 s →4 l excitation of metastable hydrogen.

  18. A compact laser head with high-frequency stability for Rb atomic clocks and optical instrumentation

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    Affolderbach, Christoph; Mileti, Gaetano

    2005-07-01

    We present a compact and frequency-stabilized laser head based on an extended-cavity diode laser. The laser head occupies a volume of 200cm3 and includes frequency stabilization to Doppler-free saturated absorption resonances on the hyperfine components of the Rb87D2 lines at 780 nm, obtained from a simple and compact spectroscopic setup using a 2cm3 vapor cell. The measured frequency stability is ?210-12 over integration times from 1 s to 1 day and shows the potential to reach 210-13 over 102-105 s. Compact laser sources with these performances are of great interest for applications in gas-cell atomic frequency standards, atomic magnetometers, interferometers and other instruments requiring stable and narrow-band optical sources.

  19. A compact laser head with high-frequency stability for Rb atomic clocks and optical instrumentation

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    Affolderbach, Christoph; Mileti, Gaetano

    2005-07-15

    We present a compact and frequency-stabilized laser head based on an extended-cavity diode laser. The laser head occupies a volume of 200 cm{sup 3} and includes frequency stabilization to Doppler-free saturated absorption resonances on the hyperfine components of the {sup 87}Rb D{sub 2} lines at 780 nm, obtained from a simple and compact spectroscopic setup using a 2 cm{sup 3} vapor cell. The measured frequency stability is {<=}2x10{sup -12} over integration times from 1 s to 1 day and shows the potential to reach 2x10{sup -13} over 10{sup 2}-10{sup 5} s. Compact laser sources with these performances are of great interest for applications in gas-cell atomic frequency standards, atomic magnetometers, interferometers and other instruments requiring stable and narrow-band optical sources.

  20. Search for laser-induced formation of antihydrogen atoms.

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    Amoretti, M; Amsler, C; Bonomi, G; Bowe, P D; Canali, C; Carraro, C; Cesar, C L; Charlton, M; Ejsing, A M; Fontana, A; Fujiwara, M C; Funakoshi, R; Genova, P; Hangst, J S; Hayano, R S; Jørgensen, L V; Kellerbauer, A; Lagomarsino, V; Lodi Rizzini, E; Macrì, M; Madsen, N; Manuzio, G; Mitchard, D; Montagna, P; Posada, L G C; Pruys, H; Regenfus, C; Rotondi, A; Telle, H H; Testera, G; Van der Werf, D P; Variola, A; Venturelli, L; Yamazaki, Y; Zurlo, N

    2006-11-24

    Antihydrogen can be synthesized by mixing antiprotons and positrons in a Penning trap environment. Here an experiment to stimulate the formation of antihydrogen in the n = 11 quantum state by the introduction of light from a CO2 continuous wave laser is described. An overall upper limit of 0.8% with 90% C.L. on the laser-induced enhancement of the recombination has been found. This result strongly suggests that radiative recombination contributes negligibly to the antihydrogen formed in the experimental conditions used by the ATHENA Collaboration. PMID:17155742

  1. Laser based analysis using a passively Q-switched laser employing analysis electronics and a means for detecting atomic optical emission of the laser media

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    Woodruff, Steven D.; Mcintyre, Dustin L.

    2016-03-29

    A device for Laser based Analysis using a Passively Q-Switched Laser comprising an optical pumping source optically connected to a laser media. The laser media and a Q-switch are positioned between and optically connected to a high reflectivity mirror (HR) and an output coupler (OC) along an optical axis. The output coupler (OC) is optically connected to the output lens along the optical axis. A means for detecting atomic optical emission comprises a filter and a light detector. The optical filter is optically connected to the laser media and the optical detector. A control system is connected to the optical detector and the analysis electronics. The analysis electronics are optically connected to the output lens. The detection of the large scale laser output production triggers the control system to initiate the precise timing and data collection from the detector and analysis.

  2. Clock Technology Development in the Laser Cooling and Atomic Physics (LCAP) Program

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    Seidel, Dave; Thompson, R. J.; Klipstein, W. M.; Kohel, J.; Maleki, L.

    2000-01-01

    This paper presents the Laser Cooling and Atomic Physics (LCAP) program. It focuses on clock technology development. The topics include: 1) Overview of LCAP Flight Projects; 2) Space Clock 101; 3) Physics with Clocks in microgravity; 4) Space Clock Challenges; 5) LCAP Timeline; 6) International Space Station (ISS) Science Platforms; 7) ISS Express Rack; 8) Space Qualification of Components; 9) Laser Configuration; 10) Clock Rate Comparisons: GPS Carrier Phase Frequency Transfer; and 11) ISS Model Views. This paper is presented in viewgraph form.

  3. Experimental demonstration of a diode laser-excited optical filter in atomic Rb vapor

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    Chung, Y.C.; Shay, T.M.

    1988-05-01

    The authors report the first demonstration of a narrow bandwidth optical filter using diode laser-pumped atomic Rb vapor. Excellent rejection of off-resonant laser photons has been achieved. The measured detection bandwidth was 1.18 GHz at the Rb cell temperature of 150/sup 0/C, which shows a good agreement with the calculated detection bandwidth of 1.02 GHz.

  4. Experimental search for the electron electric dipole moment with laser cooled francium atoms

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    Inoue, T.; Ando, S.; Aoki, T.; Arikawa, H.; Ezure, S.; Harada, K.; Hayamizu, T.; Ishikawa, T.; Itoh, M.; Kato, K.; Kawamura, H.; Uchiyama, A.; Aoki, T.; Asahi, K.; Furukawa, T.; Hatakeyama, A.; Hatanaka, K.; Imai, K.; Murakami, T.; Nataraj, H. S.; Sato, T.; Shimizu, Y.; Wakasa, T.; Yoshida, H. P.; Yoshimi, A.; Sakemi, Y.

    2015-04-01

    A laser cooled heavy atom is one of the candidates to search for the permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of the electron due to the enhancement mechanism and its long coherence time. The laser cooled francium (Fr) factory has been constructed to perform the electron EDM search at the Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center, Tohoku University. The present status of Fr production and the EDM measurement system is presented.

  5. Control of terahertz photoelectron currents generated by intense two-color laser radiation interacting with atoms

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    Popruzhenko, S. V.; Tulsky, V. A.

    2015-09-01

    Using the strong-field approximation, a net photoelectron current, generated due to the interaction of an intense two-color laser field consisting of the fundamental and the second harmonic of infrared laser radiation with an atom, is found. The focus is on the case in which neither of the two field components can be treated perturbatively. The dependence of the current on the ratio of the harmonic amplitudes and their relative phase is studied and parameters maximizing the current are specified.

  6. Evolution of dark state of an open atomic system in constant intensity laser field

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    Krmpot, A. J.; Radonjić, M.; Ćuk, S. M.; Nikolić, S. N.; Grujić, Z. D.; Jelenković, B. M.

    2011-10-01

    We studied experimentally and theoretically the evolution of open atomic systems in the constant intensity laser field. The study is performed by analyzing the line shapes of Hanle electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) obtained in different segments of a laser beam cross section of constant intensity, i.e., a Π-shaped laser beam. Such Hanle EIT resonances were measured using a small movable aperture placed just in front of the photodetector, i.e., after the entire laser beam had passed through the vacuum Rb cell. The laser was locked to the open transition Fg=2→Fe=1 at the D1 line of 87Rb with laser intensities between 0.5 and 4 mW/cm2. This study shows that the profile of the laser beam determines the processes governing the development of atomic states during the interaction. The resonances obtained near the beam center are narrower than those obtained near the beam edge, but the significant changes of the linewidths occur only near the beam edge, i.e., right after the atom enters the beam. The Hanle EIT resonances obtained near the beam center exhibit two pronounced minima next to the central maximum. The theoretical model reveals that the occurrence of these transmission minima is a joint effect of the preparation of atoms into the dark state and the optical pumping into the uncoupled ground level Fg=1. The appearance of the transmission minima, although similar to that observed in the wings of a Gaussian beam [A. J. Krmpot , Opt. ExpressOPEXFF1094-408710.1364/OE.17.022491 17, 22491 (2009)], is of an entirely different nature for the Π-shaped laser beam.

  7. Quasistatic limit of the strong-field approximation describing atoms in intense laser fields: Circular polarization

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    Bauer, Jaroslaw H.

    2011-03-15

    In the recent work of Vanne and Saenz [Phys. Rev. A 75, 063403 (2007)] the quasistatic limit of the velocity gauge strong-field approximation describing the ionization rate of atomic or molecular systems exposed to linearly polarized laser fields was derived. It was shown that in the low-frequency limit the ionization rate is proportional to the laser frequency {omega} (for a constant intensity of the laser field). In the present work I show that for circularly polarized laser fields the ionization rate is proportional to {omega}{sup 4} for H(1s) and H(2s) atoms, to {omega}{sup 6} for H(2p{sub x}) and H(2p{sub y}) atoms, and to {omega}{sup 8} for H(2p{sub z}) atoms. The analytical expressions for asymptotic ionization rates (which become nearly accurate in the limit {omega}{yields}0) contain no summations over multiphoton contributions. For very low laser frequencies (optical or infrared) these expressions usually remain with an order-of-magnitude agreement with the velocity gauge strong-field approximation.

  8. Influence of atomic modeling on integrated simulations of laser-produced Au plasmas

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    Frank, Yechiel; Raicher, Erez; Ehrlich, Yosi; Hurvitz, Gilad; Shpilman, Zeev; Fraenkel, Moshe; Zigler, Arie; Henis, Zohar

    2015-11-01

    Time-integrated x-ray emission spectra of laser-irradiated Au disks were recorded using transmission grating spectrometry, at laser intensities of 1013 to 1014W/cm2 . Radiation-hydrodynamics and atomic physics calculations were used to simulate the emitted spectra. Three major plasma regions can be recognized: the heat wave, the corona, and an intermediate region connecting them. An analysis of the spectral contribution of these three plasma regions to the integrated recorded spectrum is presented. The importance of accurate atomic modeling of the intermediate plasma region, between the corona and the heat wave, is highlighted. The influence of several aspects of the atomic modeling is demonstrated, in particular multiply-excited atomic configurations and departure from local thermal equilibrium.

  9. Influence of the wavelength on the spatial resolution of pulsed-laser atom probe

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    Gault, B.; Chen, Y. M.; Hono, K.; Moody, M. P.; Ringer, S. P.; Ohkubo, T.

    2011-11-01

    Modern atom probes typically incorporate an ultrafast pulsed-laser source with wavelength ranging from infrared (IR) to ultraviolet (UV) depending on the specific instrument. In order to estimate the influence of the wavelength on the accuracy of the technique, the achievable in-depth spatial resolution has been measured for atom probe analyses of the same pure W specimen using three different wavelengths and across a range of laser pulse energies. UV illumination is shown to yield superior spatial resolution to both IR and visible (green) wavelengths. We propose that this improvement relates to a faster decay of temperature enabled by light absorption confined to the near apex region.

  10. q-deformed model of nonclassical quantum-statistical behaviour for an atom laser

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    Haghshenasfard, Zahra; Cottam, Michael G.

    2013-09-01

    Theoretical studies are reported for the quantum dynamical and statistical properties of an atom laser. The model is based on the generalized deformed oscillator algebra in which the field radiation operators are deformed by an operator-valued function f( N) of the photon number N. The Hamiltonian of the system is solved analytically under the rotating wave approximation. In particular, it is shown that the nonlinearity introduced by q-deformation leads to quadrature squeezing effects and a sub-Poisson distribution for the atom laser beam.

  11. Differential cross sections for ionization of laser-aligned atoms by electron impact.

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    Nixon, Kate L; Murray, Andrew James

    2011-03-25

    The first experimental data are given for (e,2e) ionization from laser-aligned atoms. A linearly polarized laser excited Mg atoms to the 3¹P₁ state prior to ionization by low energy electrons. The scattered and ejected electrons were detected in coincidence and the differential cross section determined for a range of alignment angles. An asymmetric coplanar geometry was used, with one electron fixed and the other detected at different angles. The data are compared to that from the spherically symmetric 3¹S₀ state. Significant differences are found, in both magnitude and angular distribution. PMID:21517314

  12. Laser cooling and trapping of Cs-133 neutral atoms at CENAM

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    Talavera Ortega, M.; López Romero, J. M.; de Carlos López, E.

    2006-02-01

    At the moment the National Center of Metrology (CENAM) develops to the necessary technology for the creation of a frequency standard of high accuracy denominated CsF1 atomic fountain. The first stage of development of this clock consists of laser cooling and trapping neutral Cs-133 atoms. The mechanism of laser cooling and trapping of atoms requires of the accomplishment of a magneto-optical trap (MOT) in where is indispensable to maintain a strict control in its parameters of operation. In this experiment, the MOT operates with three set of red detuning |62s 1/2, F=4|-> |62s 3/2, F'=5| cyclical transition of Cs-133, mutually orthogonal, counterpropagating laser beams, with opposite circular polarization, intersecting at the center of a magnetic field which is generated by a pair of coil in anti-Helmholtz configuration. Additionally, a beam of light that comes from a repumping laser, tuned to the frequency of the |62s 1/2, F=3|->|62s 3/2, F'=4| transition of Cs-133, is injected to the MOT to maintain an atoms population in the |62s 1/2, F=4| state. To cool and trap atoms to so low temperatures, of the order of the microkelvins on the zero absolute, by several seconds, minutes or even by several hours, provided the fundamentals tools to us to study the temporal and spatial behavior of the fluorescence of the atomic cloud and to make exact measurements in the count of such, in order to deduce the parameters of operation of the MOT that allows us to trap 10 10 atoms or more. In this work the theoretical concepts as well as the experimental details of the parameters of operation of the MOT for the formation of the cold atom cloud are approached.

  13. Stability diagram of the collective atomic recoil laser with thermal atoms

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    Tomczyk, H.; Schmidt, D.; Georges, C.; Slama, S.; Zimmermann, C.

    2015-06-01

    We experimentally investigate cold thermal atoms in a single sidedly pumped optical ring resonator for temperatures between 0.4 and 9 μ K . The threshold for collective atomic recoil lasing (CARL) is recorded for various pump-cavity detunings. The resulting stability diagram is interpreted by simulating the classical CARL equations. We find that the stability diagram for thermal atoms shows the same asymmetry as observed for Bose-Einstein condensates in previous experiments. Whereas for condensates the asymmetry is well explained by a Dicke-type quantum model we here discuss a simplified classical model. It complements the quantum model and provides an intuitive explanation based on the change in the long-range atomic interaction with pump-cavity detuning.

  14. Atomic jet with ionization detection for laser spectroscopy of Rydberg atoms under collisions and fields

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    Philip, G.

    2008-03-01

    An efficient atomic jet setup offering many unprecedented advantages over a conventional heat pipe setup used in multi-photon spectroscopy, mainly of alkaline-earth metals, has been constructed by a scheme in which the sample material is encapsulated in a disposable cartridge oven located inside a thermally stabilised heat-pipe and is made to effuse in to a row of atomic beams merging to form a jet target. This novel scheme combines the advantages of both high density atomic beam with convenient geometry for orthogonal excitation and high sensitive ionisation detection capabilities of thermionic diodes, besides eliminating several problems inherent in the usual heat-pipe operation. Out of various designs, typical results are presented for a linear heat-pipe with vertical atomic jet used in two-photon spectroscopy of highly excited states of Sr I. Controlled excitations of both Rydberg and non-Rydberg states, which cannot otherwise be accessed from the ground state due to parity and spectroscopic selection rules, have been achieved by employing a weak electric field complimented by collisions. The atomic jet setup is also found very useful for the study of collisional broadening and shift of excited states and time evolution of Rydberg atoms.

  15. Control of atomic transition rates via laser-light shaping

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    Jáuregui, R.

    2015-04-01

    A modular systematic analysis of the feasibility of modifying atomic transition rates by tailoring the electromagnetic field of an external coherent light source is presented. The formalism considers both the center of mass and internal degrees of freedom of the atom, and all properties of the field: frequency, angular spectrum, and polarization. General features of recoil effects for internal forbidden transitions are discussed. A comparative analysis of different structured light sources is explicitly worked out. It includes spherical waves, Gaussian beams, Laguerre-Gaussian beams, and propagation invariant beams with closed analytical expressions. It is shown that increments in the order of magnitude of the transition rates for Gaussian and Laguerre-Gaussian beams, with respect to those obtained in the paraxial limit, require waists of the order of the wavelength, while propagation invariant modes may considerably enhance transition rates under more favorable conditions. For transitions that can be naturally described as modifications of the atomic angular momentum, this enhancement is maximal (within propagation invariant beams) for Bessel modes, Mathieu modes can be used to entangle the internal and center-of-mass involved states, and Weber beams suppress this kind of transition unless they have a significant component of odd modes. However, if a recoil effect of the transition with an adequate symmetry is allowed, the global transition rate (center of mass and internal motion) can also be enhanced using Weber modes. The global analysis presented reinforces the idea that a better control of the transitions between internal atomic states requires both a proper control of the available states of the atomic center of mass, and shaping of the background electromagnetic field.

  16. Manipulating Photoelectron Distributions for Rare Gas Atoms Ionized with Polarized Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Li, Xiao-Gang

    2012-06-01

    Above-threshold ionizations of rare gas atoms excited by polarized femtosecond laser pulses are investigated. The photoelectron momentum spectra are obtained applying the strong-field approximation (SFA) theory. It is found that, distribution of the emitted photoelectrons varies with different polarizations of laser pulses. We have interpreted the relationship between the observed distribution and the laser polarization taking advantage of tunneling ionization theory and simple-man model. The polarization sensitivity indicates that one can easily manipulate the photoelectron distribution by controlling the polarization of the exciting pulse.

  17. Photoionization by an ultraintense laser field: Response of atomic xenon

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    DiChiara, A. D.; Ghebregziabher, I.; Waesche, J. M.; Stanev, T.; Ekanayake, N.; Barclay, L. R.; Wells, S. J.; Watts, A.; Videtto, M.; Mancuso, C. A.; Walker, B. C.

    2010-04-15

    We present energy- and angle-resolved photoionization from Xe in an ultrastrong laser field at 10{sup 19} W/cm{sup 2}. The observed yields are consistent with the tunneling ionization of Xe{sup 9+} to Xe{sup 24+}. However, energy and angle-resolved photoelectron spectra show differences for electrons whose final energies are above or below 0.5 MeV, which is approximately the ponderomotive energy at these intensities. Above 0.5 MeV, the observed photoelectron cutoff energy (between 1 and 1.35 MeV), photoelectron energy spectra, and the angle-resolved photoelectron azimuthal distributions agree with a model using tunneling ionization, multiple charge states, a classical relativistic continuum, and nonparaxial three-dimensional (3D) focused laser field. Below 0.5 MeV the yields and angular distributions observed indicate dynamics not included within a classical, single electron model of the interaction.

  18. Atomic vapor laser isotope separation of lead-210 isotope

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    Scheibner, K.F.; Haynam, C.A.; Johnson, M.A.; Worden, E.F.

    1999-08-31

    An isotopically selective laser process and apparatus for removal of Pb-210 from natural lead that involves a one-photon near-resonant, two-photon resonant excitation of one or more Rydberg levels, followed by field ionization and then electrostatic extraction. The wavelength to the near-resonant intermediate state is counter propagated with respect to the second wavelength required to populate the final Rydberg state. This scheme takes advantage of the large first excited state cross section, and only modest laser fluences are required. The non-resonant process helps to avoid two problems: first, stimulated Raman Gain due to the nearby F=3/2 hyperfine component of Pb-207 and, second, direct absorption of the first transition process light by Pb-207. 5 figs.

  19. Atomic vapor laser isotope separation of lead-210 isotope

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    Scheibner, Karl F.; Haynam, Christopher A.; Johnson, Michael A.; Worden, Earl F.

    1999-01-01

    An isotopically selective laser process and apparatus for removal of Pb-210 from natural lead that involves a one-photon near-resonant, two-photon resonant excitation of one or more Rydberg levels, followed by field ionization and then electrostatic extraction. The wavelength to the near-resonant intermediate state is counter propagated with respect to the second wavelength required to populate the final Rydberg state. This scheme takes advantage of the large first excited state cross section, and only modest laser fluences are required. The non-resonant process helps to avoid two problems: first, stimulated Raman Gain due to the nearby F=3/2 hyperfine component of Pb-207 and, second, direct absorption of the first transition process light by Pb-207.

  20. Study of transitions in thulium atoms in the 410-420-nm range for laser cooling

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    Akimov, A V; Chebakov, K Yu; Tolstikhina, I Yu; Sokolov, A V; Rodionov, P B; Kanorsky, S I; Sorokin, V N; Kolachevsky, N N

    2008-10-31

    The possibility of laser cooling of thulium atoms is considered. The hyperfine structure of almost cyclic 4f{sup 13}6s{sup 2} (J{sub g} = 7/2) {r_reversible} 4f{sup 12}5d{sub 3/2}6s{sup 2} (J{sub e} = 9/2) and 4f{sup 13}6s{sup 2} (J{sub g} = 7/2) {r_reversible} 4f{sup 12}5d{sub 5/2}6s{sup 2} (J{sub e} = 9/2) transitions at 410.6 and 420.4 nm, respectively, is studied by the method of sub-Doppler saturation spectroscopy in counterpropagating laser beams. The hyperfine splitting of excited levels involved in these transitions is measured and the natural linewidths of these transitions are determined. The structure of the neighbouring 4f{sup 13}6s6p (J{sub e} = 5/2) and 4f{sup 12}5d{sub 5/2}6s{sup 2} (J{sub e} = 7/2) levels is studied for the first time by this method. The decay probabilities of the J{sub e} = 9/2 levels via channels removing atoms from the cooling cycle are calculated. It is found that the branching ratio for the strong transition at 410.6 nm (A = 6x10{sup 7} s{sup -1}) is smaller than 2x10{sup -5}, which makes this transition most promising for laser cooling. The laser cooling of atoms in a Zeeman cooler at this transition is simulated. The possibility of using a laser-cooled cloud of thulium atoms to study the metrological transition at 1.14 {mu}m is discussed. (laser cooling of atoms)

  1. Rescattering and frustrated tunneling ionization of atoms in circularly polarized laser fields

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    Li, Min; Qin, Liang; Wu, Chengyin; Peng, Liangyou; Gong, Qihuang; Liu, Yunquan

    2014-01-01

    We investigate strong-field ionization dynamics of atoms in circularly polarized laser fields by a three-dimensional electron ensemble method which is validated by comparison with ab initio results of solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. We show that the Coulomb potential and the electron recollision play very crucial roles for single ionization of atoms with a lower ionization potential in circularly polarized laser fields. We find that the critical laser field strength for recollision scales as F0˜2ln10ω2/√2Ip (Ip, ionization potential; ω , laser frequency), below which the rescattering is very crucial. As a consequence of recollision, a large amount of tunneled electrons will be ejected into the elliptical orbits of Rydberg states or strongly rescattered off the nucleus and eventually achieve large energy from laser fields. The characteristic feature is that both the relative frustrated tunneling rate and the hard rescattering rate decrease with increasing the laser intensity and the wavelength. This study sheds a light on those processes that are closely related with electron rescattering in circularly polarized laser fields, e.g., high-order harmonic generation and nonsequential double ionization.

  2. Control of RILIS lasers at IGISOL facilities using a compact atomic beam reference cell

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    Kron, T.; Ferrer-Garcia, R.; Lecesne, N.; Sonnenschein, V.; Raeder, S.; Rossnagel, J.; Wendt, K.

    2013-04-01

    The choice and proper operation of the laser systems for laser ion sources at on-line facilities using multi-step resonance ionization processes is the basis for production of intense and pure radioactive ion beams. These pave the way for numerous fundamental studies in nuclear and astrophysics. A comparison between systems of medium or high repetition rate pulsed tunable lasers based on dyes or crystals as active medium has been carried out at the IGISOL facility at Louvain-la-Neuve. The importance of properly controlling the operation conditions of the individual lasers via a reference atomic beam chamber is highlighted and design and implementation of such a compact device for permanent monitoring as well as possible regulation of the various laser parameters of relevance is discussed.

  3. Velocity and electronic state distributions of sputtered Fe atoms by laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Young, C.E.; Calaway, W.F.; Pellin, M.J.; Gruen, D.M.

    1983-01-01

    Velocity distributions and relative populations in the fine-structure levels of the a/sup 5/D/sub J/ ground state of Fe atoms, produced by sputtering with 3 keV argon ions, have been investigated by Doppler shifted laser induced fluorescence. The laser system employs a single-mode, scanning ring dye laser, amplified by a sequence of three excimer-pumped flowing-dye cells. Frequency doubling in a KD*P crystal was used to produce high energy (> .5 mJ) pulses of narrowband tunable UV output near 300 nm. Laser power influence on effective velocity bandwidth was investigated. Favorable light-collection geometry minimized distortion of the velocity spectra from apparatus-averaging effects. In impurity flux diagnostic applications in fusion devices, substantial spatial averaging may occur. In the latter case, the narrow velocity bandwidth (70 m/s, transform limit) of the present laser system is particularly useful.

  4. Temporally resolved laser diagnostic measurements of atomic hydrogen concentrations in RF plasma discharges

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    Preppernau, B.L.; Dolson, D.A.; Gottscho, R.A.; Miller, T.A. )

    1989-06-01

    Ground-state atomic hydrogen produced in radio-frequency plasma discharges (20 KHz-5 MHz) has been detected in situ using two-photon absorption laser-induced fluorescence (TALIF). Atomic ground-state concentration measurements have demonstrated excellent spatial resolution in the interelectrode gap of a planar discharge configuration with 10 nsec temporal resolution at all phases of the RF driving voltage waveform. Concentrations were measured in gas mixtures of helium and hydrogen down to 2 {times} 10{sup 13} H atoms/cm{sup 3}.

  5. Collisionally Aided Radiative Excitation Studies in Sodium; Development of a Pulsed Laser System for Atomic Spectroscopy.

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    Tawil, Maxime Michael

    Collisionally aided radiative excitation (CARE) with large positive detuning ((DELTA)) between the laser frequency ((OMEGA)) and the resonant atomic transition frequency has been studied in the reaction. Na(3S) + X + (H/2PI)(OMEGA) (--->) Na(3P) + X. using various rare-gas perturbers (X). Since the collision provides translational kinetic energy to compensate for the photon energy mismatch ((H/2PI)(DELTA)) between the applied field and the resonant atomic transition, this leads to a change in the velocity of the atoms involved in the process. The relative masses of the active and perturber atoms, determine how this change in translational energy is divided between them: the lighter atom carries away the largest fraction. Accordingly, the velocity distribution of an ensemble of sodium atoms which have been accelerated during the CARE process will no longer be Maxwellian. We have studied sodium-rare gas collisions occurring in the presence of a laser field detuned from the 3P ( --->) 3S resonance by +1.9 x 10('4) GHz (approximately 10('4) Doppler widths) using, alternatively, helium, argon and xenon perturbers. The velocity distribution of the sodium atoms in the 3P state was monitored by scanning the 3P (--->) 4D radiative absorption line shape over a 30 GHz range. We observed significant differences in the corresponding line widths for the case of helium, argon and xenon perturbers after correcting the data for pressure and power broadening effects. The line width increases as a function of perturber mass and this trend is in qualitative agreement with theoretical predictions. We also describe the development of a new experimental technique to study the optical spectrum of rare isotopes. This includes the use of a home-built nitrogen laser and dye laser system, a high resolution, pressure scanned, Fabry -Perot interferometer, and pulse detection techniques.

  6. Two-photon laser-induced fluorescence monitoring of O atoms in a plasma etching environment

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    DiMauro, L. F.; Gottscho, Richard A.; Miller, Terry A.

    1984-10-01

    Atomic radicals are usually the most important reactants in plasma processing. For example, in dry etching or development of organic photoresists, O2 plasmas are used to generate O atoms which can etch the resist spontaneously. However, concentration measurements of these reactive atoms have been limited largely to indirect and often unverifiable methods such as emission spectroscopy, making process optimization difficult. We demonstrate the applicability of two-photon laser-induced fluorescence to monitor atom concentrations in situ by exciting O atoms at 226 nm and detecting fluorescence at 845 nm. A detection limit of <1013 atoms cm-3 is determined using downstream electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. Noise from background plasma-induced emission is eliminated by firing the laser at a time when the applied voltage crosses zero and the emission is extinguished. From the relative intensities of the O(2p4 3P) fine-structure components, the plasma temperature is found to be thermalized with the ambient walls. This technique should also be applicable to detection of other atoms found in plasma reactors, such as N, Cl, S, and H.

  7. Theoretical considerations on the optogalvanic detection of laser induced fluorescence in atmospheric pressure atomizers

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    Omenetto, N.; Smith, B. W.; Winefordner, J. D.

    1989-01-01

    Several theoretical considerations are given on the potential and practical capabilities of a detector of fluorescence radiation whose operating principle is based on a multi-step excitation-ionization scheme involving the fluorescence photons as the first excitation step. This detection technique, which was first proposed by MATVEEVet al. [ Zh. Anal Khim.34, 846 (1979)], combines two independent atomizers, one analytical cell for the excitation of the sample fluorescence and one cell, filled with pure analyte atomic vapor, acting as the ionization detector. One laser beam excites the analyte fluorescence in the analytical cell and one (or two) laser beams are used to ionize the excited atoms in the detector. Several different causes of signal and noise are evaluated, together with a discussion on possible analytical atom reservoirs (flames, furnaces) and laser sources which could be used with this approach. For properly devised conditions, i.e. optical saturation of the fluorescence and unity ionization efficiency, detection limits well below pg/ml in solution and well below femtograms as absolute amounts in furnaces can be predicted. However, scattering problems, which are absent in a conventional laser-enhanced ionization set-up, may be important in this approach.

  8. Photoelectron momentum spectra for multiphoton ionization of Hydrogen atoms by intense laser pulses

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    Ovchinnikov, Serge; Macek, Joseph

    2007-06-01

    Full three-dimensional electron momentum distribution for multiphoton ionization of Hydrogen atoms by intense laser pulses are calculated by solving the time-dependent solutions of Schr"odinger equation on a three-dimensional lattice in a scaled coordinate representation (CSLTDSE). This approach allows one to circumvent many difficulties related to the propagation of wave function to macroscopic distances.

  9. Theory of multiphoton ionization of atoms by strong, short pulsed lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Kulander, K.C.

    1987-07-10

    A numerical technique for investigating the behavior of many electron atoms in intense laser fields is presented. A description of the method is followed by results of an illustrative, application to helium for a number of wavelengths and intensities. A discussion of high order ionization dynamics for this system based on these calculations is provided. 10 refs.

  10. Quantum-mechanical theory including angular momenta analysis of atom-atom collisions in a laser field

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    Devries, P. L.; George, T. F.

    1978-01-01

    The problem of two atoms colliding in the presence of an intense radiation field, such as that of a laser, is investigated. The radiation field, which couples states of different electronic symmetry, is described by the number state representation while the electronic degrees of freedom (plus spin-orbit interaction) are discussed in terms of a diabatic representation. The total angular momentum of the field-free system and the angular momentum transferred by absorption (or emission) of a photon are explicitly considered in the derivation of the coupled scattering equations. A model calculation is discussed for the Xe + F collision system.

  11. High-repetition-rate combustion thermometry with two-line atomic fluorescence excited by diode lasers.

    PubMed

    Chrystie, Robin S M; Burns, Iain S; Hult, Johan; Kaminski, Clemens F

    2009-08-15

    We report on kilohertz-repetition-rate flame temperature measurements performed using blue diode lasers. Two-line atomic fluorescence was performed by using diode lasers emitting at around 410 and 451 nm to probe seeded atomic indium. At a repetition rate of 3.5 kHz our technique offers a precision of 1.5% at 2000 K in laminar methane/air flames. The spatial resolution is better than 150 microm, while the setup is compact and easy to operate, at much lower cost than alternative techniques. By modeling the spectral overlap between the locked laser and the probed indium lines we avoid the need for any calibration of the measurements. We demonstrate the capability of the technique for time-resolved measurements in an acoustically perturbed flame. The technique is applicable in flames with a wide range of compositions including sooting flames. PMID:19684826

  12. Comparing Laser Interferometry and Atom Interferometry Approaches to Space-Based Gravitational-Wave Measurement

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    Baker, John; Thorpe, Ira

    2012-01-01

    Thoroughly studied classic space-based gravitational-wave missions concepts such as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) are based on laser-interferometry techniques. Ongoing developments in atom-interferometry techniques have spurred recently proposed alternative mission concepts. These different approaches can be understood on a common footing. We present an comparative analysis of how each type of instrument responds to some of the noise sources which may limiting gravitational-wave mission concepts. Sensitivity to laser frequency instability is essentially the same for either approach. Spacecraft acceleration reference stability sensitivities are different, allowing smaller spacecraft separations in the atom interferometry approach, but acceleration noise requirements are nonetheless similar. Each approach has distinct additional measurement noise issues.

  13. Optical control of an atomic inner-shell x-ray laser

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    Darvasi, Gábor; Keitel, Christoph H.; Buth, Christian

    2014-01-01

    X-ray free-electron lasers have had an enormous impact on x-ray science by achieving femtosecond pulses with unprecedented intensities. However, present-day facilities operating by the self-amplified spontaneous emission principle have a number of shortcomings; namely, their radiation has a chaotic pulse profile and short coherence times. We put forward a scheme for a neon-based atomic inner-shell x-ray laser (XRL) which produces temporally and spatially coherent subfemtosecond pulses that are controlled by and synchronized to an optical laser with femtosecond precision. We envision that such an XRL will allow for numerous applications such as nuclear quantum optics and the study of ultrafast quantum dynamics of atoms, molecules, and condensed matter.

  14. A proposed method of efficient laser trapping of neutral radium atoms

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    Jong Park, Sung; Kim, Young Jin; Shin, Taeksu; Kim, Yong Kyun; Kim, Sun Kee

    2014-12-01

    We report theoretical studies of an efficient accumulation of 225Ra atoms in a magneto-optical trap (MOT) from an atomic beam. The number of atoms in the trap is limited due to the large leakage into metastable D states from the cooling transition and the loss mechanism from collisions with the background gases and with other elements in the atomic beam. We propose a setup consisting of an efficient Zeeman slower, an optical atomic beam deflector, and an Egg-MOT, which provides a large capture velocity, e.g. the Zeeman slower capture velocity of 581 ms-1 and the MOT capture velocity of 46 ms-1. Furthermore, the pure slow atomic beam produced by the optical atomic beam deflector can maximize the number of trapped atoms and their lifetime in a ultra high vacuum chamber by minimizing the collisional loss. Our proposed setup allows for the search for a permanent electric dipole moment based on laser-cooled and trapped radium atoms with improved sensitivity.

  15. Chlorine analysis by diode laser atomic absorption spectrometry.

    PubMed

    Koch, J; Zybin, A; Niemax, K

    2000-04-01

    The general characteristics of Diode Laser Absorption Spectrometry (DLAAS) in low pressure plasmas particularly with respect to the detection of non-metals are comprehensively recapitulated and discussed. Furthermore, a detector, which is based on DLAAS in a microwave-induced low pressure plasma as an alternative technique for halogene-specific analysis of volatile compounds and polymeric matrices is described. The analytical capability of the technique is demonstrated on the chlorine-specific analysis of ablated polymer fragments as well as gas chromatographically separated hydrocarbons. Since the measurements were carried out by means of a balanced-heterodyne detection scheme, different technical noise contributions, such as laser excess and RAM noise could efficiently be suppressed and the registered absorption was limited only by the principal shot noise. Thus, in the case of the polymer analysis a chlorine-specific absolute detection limit of 10 pg could be achieved. Furthermore, fundamental investigations concerning the influence of hydrocarbons on the dissociation capability of the microwave induced plasma were performed. For this purpose, the carbon-, chlorine- and hydrogen-specific stoichiometry of the compounds were empirically determined. Deviations from the expected proportions were found to be insignificant, implying the possibility of internal standardization relative to the response of a reference sample. PMID:12953476

  16. Development of laser excited atomic fluorescence and ionization methods. Final technical progress report, May 1, 1988--December 31, 1991

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    Winefordner, J.D.

    1991-12-31

    Progress report: May 1, 1988 to December 31, 1991. The research supported by DE-FG05-88ER13881 during the past (nearly) 3 years can be divided into the following four categories: (1) theoretical considerations of the ultimate detection powers of laser fluorescence and laser ionization methods; (2) experimental evaluation of laser excited atomic fluorescence; (3) fundamental studies of atomic and molecular parameters in flames and plasmas; (4) other studies.

  17. Ultrafast laser-driven Rabi oscillations of a trapped atomic vapor.

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    Lee, Han-gyeol; Kim, Hyosub; Ahn, Jaewook

    2015-02-15

    We consider the Rabi oscillation of an atom ensemble of Gaussian spatial distribution interacting with ultrafast laser pulses. Based on an analytical model calculation, we show that its dephasing dynamics is solely governed by the size ratio between the atom ensemble and the laser beam, and that every oscillation peak of the inhomogeneously broadened Rabi flopping falls on the homogeneous Rabi oscillation curve. The results are verified experimentally with a cold rubidium vapor in a magneto-optical trap. As a robust means to achieve higher-fidelity population inversion of the atom ensemble, we demonstrate a spin-echo type R(x)(π/2)R(y)(π)R(x)(π/2) composite interaction as well. PMID:25680137

  18. Comparison of atom interferometry with laser interferometry for gravitational wave observations in space

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    Bender, Peter L.

    2014-03-01

    Proposals were made earlier in 2008 to use atom interferometry based on Raman transitions for gravitational wave observations in space. Recently, Graham et al. have suggested a new atom interferometry method for such observations based on laser-induced single-photon transitions on highly forbidden optical transitions such as those used in recently developed optical clocks. However, a number of additional requirements that are not discussed by Graham et al. have to be considered if the sensitivity level they suggest is to be reached. When all of the requirements are considered, it appears that such an atom interferometry mission would be much more complex than a laser interferometry mission with better overall sensitivity.

  19. High-Coherence Electron and Ion Bunches from Laser-Cooled Atoms

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    McCulloch, A. J.; Sheludko, D. V.; Putkunz, C. T.; Saliba, S. D.; Thompson, D. J.; Speirs, R. W.; Murphy, D.; Torrance, J.; Sparkes, B. M.; Scholten, R. E.

    2014-04-01

    Cold atom electron and ion sources produce electron bunches and ion beams by photoionisation of laser cooled atoms. They offer high coherence and the potential for high brightness, with applications including ultrafast electron diffractive imaging of dynamic processes at the nanoscale. Here we present our cold atom electron/ion source, with an electron temperature of less than 10 K and a transverse coherence length of 10 nm. We also discuss experiments investigating space-charge effects with ions and the production of ultra-fast electron bunches using a femto-second laser. In the latter experiment we show that it is possible to produce both cold and fast electron bunches with our source.

  20. Four-level atomic interferometer driven by shaped ultrafast laser pulses

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    Clow, Stephen; Weinacht, Thomas

    2010-08-15

    We analyze the behavior of a four-state, two-path atomic interferometer driven by shaped ultrafast laser pulses. The laser pulses interact with atomic rubidium, exciting the atoms to the 5D state via two intermediate resonances (the 5P{sub 1/2} and 5P{sub 3/2}). The relative phase of the two paths can be modified by applying a varying spectral phase at the wavelength corresponding to one of the resonant transitions for each pathway. We trace out the behavior of the system from the simplest case of weak-field excitation with resonant fields to strong-field excitation with a broadband source. Our measurements and analysis reveal that while interference is observed for all field strengths and spectral widths, the character of the interference changes substantially.

  1. Discharge-pumped cw gas lasers utilizing ``dressed-atom'' gain media

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    Sorokin, P. P.; Glownia, J. H.; Hodgson, R. T.

    2005-05-01

    The possibility of realizing an efficient gaseous laser-beam-generating medium that utilizes Λ -type coherently phased (i.e., “dressed”) atoms for the active laser species, but that does not inherently require the use of external laser beams for pumping, is explored. Specifically, it is investigated if multiphoton stimulated hyper-Raman scattering (SHRS) processes driven by fluorescence radiation generated in a continuous electrical discharge present within the vapor-containing cell could produce continuous-wave (cw) optical gain at the Λ -atom resonance frequencies ωo and ωo' . It is deduced that such gain could result from n -photon (n⩾4) SHRS processes only if absorption of fluorescence pump light occurs in the first three transitions of the n -photon sequence representing the process unit step. Estimates of the amount of optical gain that could be produced in such a system indicate that it should be sufficient to allow multiwatt cw laser operation to occur on one set of Λ transitions connecting levels in a “double- Λ ” structure, with the pump light being discharge-produced fluorescence centered about the transitions of the other Λ pair. However, to initiate operation of such a device would require injection into the laser optical cavity of intense “starter” laser pulses at both lasing frequencies. What should be an optimal experimental configuration for determining feasibility of the proposed laser device is described. In the suggested configuration, Cs-atom 6S1/2-6P1/2 transitions form the double- Λ structure.

  2. Single attosecond burst generation during ionization of excited atoms by intense ultrashort laser pulses

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    Emelin, M. Yu.; Ryabikin, M. Yu. Sergeev, A. M.

    2008-02-15

    We develop an analytical approach to describing the generation of a single attosecond burst during barrier-suppression ionization of a hydrogen atom by an intense laser pulse. We derive analytical expressions that describe the evolution of the electron wave packet in the time interval between the detachment from the atom and the collision with the parent ion for an arbitrary initial atomic state by assuming the atom to be fully ionized in one laser-field half-period. For various s-states, we derive expressions for the profile of the attosecond burst generated when the electron packet collides with the ion and analyze the dependence of its generation efficiency on the principal quantum number n of the initial atomic state. The results obtained are compared with the results of three-dimensional numerical calculations. We show that the attosecond pulse generation efficiency can be several orders of magnitude higher than that in the case of ionization from the ground state when pre-excited atomic states are used.

  3. Single attosecond burst generation during ionization of excited atoms by intense ultrashort laser pulses

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    Emelin, M. Yu.; Ryabikin, M. Yu.; Sergeev, A. M.

    2008-02-01

    We develop an analytical approach to describing the generation of a single attosecond burst during barrier-suppression ionization of a hydrogen atom by an intense laser pulse. We derive analytical expressions that describe the evolution of the electron wave packet in the time interval between the detachment from the atom and the collision with the parent ion for an arbitrary initial atomic state by assuming the atom to be fully ionized in one laser-field half-period. For various s-states, we derive expressions for the profile of the attosecond burst generated when the electron packet collides with the ion and analyze the dependence of its generation efficiency on the principal quantum number n of the initial atomic state. The results obtained are compared with the results of three-dimensional numerical calculations. We show that the attosecond pulse generation efficiency can be several orders of magnitude higher than that in the case of ionization from the ground state when pre-excited atomic states are used.

  4. SLIMP: Strong laser interaction model package for atoms and molecules

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    Zhang, Bin; Zhao, Zengxiu

    2015-07-01

    We present the SLIMP package, which provides an efficient way for the calculation of strong-field ionization rate and high-order harmonic spectra based on the single active electron approximation. The initial states are taken as single-particle orbitals directly from output files of the general purpose quantum chemistry programs GAMESS, Firefly and Gaussian. For ionization, the molecular Ammosov-Delone-Krainov theory, and both the length gauge and velocity gauge Keldysh-Faisal-Reiss theories are implemented, while the Lewenstein model is used for harmonic spectra. Furthermore, it is also efficient for the evaluation of orbital coordinates wavefunction, momentum wavefunction, orbital dipole moment and calculation of orbital integrations. This package can be applied to quite large basis sets and complex molecules with many atoms, and is implemented to allow easy extensions for additional capabilities.

  5. THERMAL EFFECTS ON MASS AND SPATIAL RESOLUTION DURING LASER PULSE ATOM PROBE TOMOGRAPHY OF CERIUM OXIDE

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    Rita Kirchhofer; Melissa C. Teague; Brian P. Gorman

    2013-05-01

    Cerium oxide (CeO2) is an ideal surrogate material for trans-uranic elements and fission products found in nuclear fuels due to similarities in their thermal properties; therefore, cerium oxide was used to determine the best run condition for atom probe tomography (APT). Laser pulse APT is a technique that allows for spatial resolution in the nm scale and isotopic/elemental chemical identification. A systematic study of the impact of laser pulse energy and specimen base temperature on the mass resolution, measurement of stoichiometry, multiples, and evaporation mechanisms are reported in this paper. It was demonstrated that using laser pulse APT stoichiometric field evaporation of cerium oxide was achieved at 1 pJ laser pulse energy and 20 K specimen base temperature.

  6. Insecticidal Vapours for Aircraft Disinsection*

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    Pearce, G. W.; Schoof, H. F.; Quarterman, K. D.

    1961-01-01

    A general discussion of the problem of aircraft disinsection is presented. The weaknesses of the present aerosol method, the limitations imposed by airline operators, government officials, passengers, and others, and the potential value of insecticidal vapours as a means of aircraft disinsection are discussed. An apparatus is described for screening insecticides for their vapour toxicity to houseflies and mosquitos. This apparatus led to the discovery of DDVP (O,O-dimethyl-2,2-dichlorovinyl phosphate) and its remarkable vapour toxicity to insects, and to the subsequent studies of its potential use in the vapour state for aircraft disinsection. PMID:13733751

  7. Diode laser operating on an atomic transition limited by an isotope ⁸⁷Rb Faraday filter at 780 nm.

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    Tao, Zhiming; Hong, Yelong; Luo, Bin; Chen, Jingbiao; Guo, Hong

    2015-09-15

    We demonstrate an extended cavity Faraday laser system using an antireflection-coated laser diode as the gain medium and the isotope (87)Rb Faraday anomalous dispersion optical filter (FADOF) as the frequency selective device. Using this method, the laser wavelength works stably at the highest transmission peak of the isotope (87)Rb FADOF over the laser diode current from 55 to 140 mA and the temperature from 15°C to 35°C. Neither the current nor the temperature of the laser diode has significant influence on the output frequency. Compared with previous extended cavity laser systems operating at frequencies irrelevant to spectacular atomic transition lines, the laser system realized here provides a stable laser source with the frequency operating on atomic transitions for many practical applications. PMID:26371933

  8. Photoelectron and photoion spectroscopy of atoms, nanoparticles, and nanoplasmas irradiated with strong femtosecond laser fields

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    Hickstein, Daniel D.

    Modern femtosecond lasers can produce pulses of light that are shorter than the vibrational periods in molecules and have electric fields stronger than the Coulomb field that binds electrons in atoms. These short pulse lasers enable the observation of chemical reactions, the production of attosecond bursts of high-energy photons, and the precision-machining of solid materials with minimal heat transport to the material. In this thesis, I describe three experiments that provide new insight into strong-field (1014 Watts/cm2) femtosecond laser-matter interactions in three important regimes. First, I discuss the strong-field ionization of gas-phase atoms, identify a new structure in the photoelectron angular distribution of xenon gas, and explain this structure as a result of field-driven electrons colliding with the Coulomb potential of the ion. Second, I describe a new method to perform photoelectron and photoion spectroscopy on single, isolated nanoparticles and demonstrate this technique by observing the directional ion ejection that takes place in the laser ablation of nanostructures. Finally, I present the first experimental observations of shock wave propagation in nanoscale plasmas. These findings will guide future efforts to probe the structure of atoms and molecules on the femtosecond timescale, design nanomaterials that enhance light on the subwavelength scale, and produce high-energy ions from plasmas.

  9. Above-threshold ionization and photoelectron spectra in atomic systems driven by strong laser fields

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    Suárez, Noslen; Chacón, Alexis; Ciappina, Marcelo F.; Biegert, Jens; Lewenstein, Maciej

    2015-12-01

    Above-threshold ionization (ATI) results from strong-field laser-matter interaction and it is one of the fundamental processes that may be used to extract electron structural and dynamical information about the atomic or molecular target. Moreover, it can also be used to characterize the laser field itself. Here we develop an analytical description of ATI, which extends the theoretical strong-field approximation (SFA), for both the direct and rescattering transition amplitudes in atoms. From a nonlocal, but separable potential, the bound-free dipole and the rescattering transition matrix elements are analytically computed. In comparison with the standard approaches to the ATI process, our analytical derivation of the rescattering matrix elements allows us to study directly how the rescattering process depends on the atomic target and laser-pulse features; we can turn on and off contributions having different physical origins or corresponding to different physical mechanisms. We compare SFA results with the full numerical solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE) within the few-cycle pulse regime. Good agreement between our SFA and TDSE model is found for the ATI spectrum. Our model captures also the strong dependence of the photoelectron spectra on the carrier envelope phase of the laser field.

  10. Search for Electric dipole moment (EDM) in laser cooled and trapped 225Ra atoms

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    Kalita, Mukut; Bailey, Kevin; Dietrich, Matthew; Green, John; Holt, Roy; Korsch, Wolfgang; Lu, Zheng-Tian; Lemke, Nathan; Mueller, Peter; O'Connor, Tom; Parker, Richard; Singh, Jaideep; Trimble, Will; Argonne National Laboratory Collaboration; University Of Chicago Collabration; University Of Kentucky Collaboration

    2014-05-01

    We are searching for an EDM of the diamagnetic 225Ra atom. 225Ra has nuclear spin I =1/2. Experimental sensitivity to its EDM is enhanced due to its heavy mass and the increased Schiff moment of its octupole deformed nucleus. Our experiment involves collecting laser cooled Ra atoms in a magneto-optical trap (MOT), transporting them 1 meter with a far off-resonant optical dipole trap (ODT) and then transferring the atoms to a second standing-wave ODT in our experimental chamber. We will report our recent experiences in polarizing and observing Larmor precession of 225Ra atoms in parallel electric and magnetic fields in a magnetically shielded region and progress towards a first measurement of the EDM of 225Ra. This work is supported by DOE, Office of Nuclear Physics, under contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357 and contract No. DE-FG02-99ER41101.

  11. High-stability compact atomic clock based on isotropic laser cooling

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    Esnault, Francois-Xavier; Holleville, David; Rossetto, Nicolas; Guerandel, Stephane; Dimarcq, Noel

    2010-09-15

    We present a compact cold-atom clock configuration where isotropic laser cooling, microwave interrogation, and clock signal detection are successively performed inside a spherical microwave cavity. For ground operation, a typical Ramsey fringe width of 20 Hz has been demonstrated, limited by the atom cloud's free fall in the cavity. The isotropic cooling light's disordered properties provide a large and stable number of cold atoms, leading to a high signal-to-noise ratio limited by atomic shot noise. A relative frequency stability of 2.2x10{sup -13{tau}-1/2} has been achieved, averaged down to 4x10{sup -15} after 5x10{sup 3} s of integration. Development of such a high-performance compact clock is of major relevance for on-board applications, such as satellite-positioning systems. As a cesium clock, it opens the door to a new generation of compact primary standards and timekeeping devices.

  12. Laser-assisted free-free transition in electron-atom collisions

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    Sinha, C.; Bhatia, A. K.

    2011-06-15

    The free-free transition is studied for an electron-hydrogen atom system in the ground state at very low incident energies in the presence of an external homogeneous, monochromatic, and linearly polarized laser field. The incident electron is considered to be dressed by the laser field in a nonperturbative manner by choosing the Volkov solutions in both the initial and final channels. The space part of the scattering wave function for the electron is solved numerically by taking into account the effect of electron-exchange interactions, short-range interactions, as well as of long-range interactions. The laser-assisted differential as well as total elastic cross sections are calculated for single-photon absorption or emission in the soft photon limit, the laser intensity being much less than the atomic field intensity. A strong suppression is noted in the laser-assisted cross sections as compared to the field-free situations. A significant difference is noted in the singlet and the triplet cross sections.

  13. A Technology Demonstration Experiment for Laser Cooled Atomic Clocks in Space

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    Klipstein, W. M.; Kohel, J.; Seidel, D. J.; Thompson, R. J.; Maleki, L.; Gibble, K.

    2000-01-01

    We have been developing a laser-cooling apparatus for flight on the International Space Station (ISS), with the intention of demonstrating linewidths on the cesium clock transition narrower than can be realized on the ground. GLACE (the Glovebox Laser- cooled Atomic Clock Experiment) is scheduled for launch on Utilization Flight 3 (UF3) in 2002, and will be mounted in one of the ISS Glovebox platforms for an anticipated 2-3 week run. Separate flight definition projects funded at NIST and Yale by the Micro- gravity Research Division of NASA as a part of its Laser Cooling and Atomic Physics (LCAP) program will follow GLACE. Core technologies for these and other LCAP missions are being developed at JPL, with the current emphasis on developing components such as the laser and optics subsystem, and non-magnetic vacuum-compatible mechanical shutters. Significant technical challenges in developing a space qualifiable laser cooling apparatus include reducing the volume, mass, and power requirements, while increasing the ruggedness and reliability in order to both withstand typical launch conditions and achieve several months of unattended operation. This work was performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  14. Development of two-color laser system for high-resolution polarization spectroscopy measurements of atomic hydrogen.

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    Bhuiyan, A H; Satija, A; Naik, S V; Lucht, R P

    2012-09-01

    We have developed a high-spectral-resolution laser system for two-photon pump, polarization spectroscopy probe (TPP-PSP) measurements of atomic hydrogen in flames. In the TPP-PSP technique, a 243-nm laser beam excites the two-photon 1S-2S transition, and excited n=2 atoms are then detected by polarization spectroscopy of the n=2 to n=3 transition using 656-nm laser radiation. The single-frequency-mode 243 and 656-nm beams are produced using injection-seeded optical parametric generators coupled with pulsed dye amplifiers. The use of single-mode lasers allows accurate measurement of signal line shapes and intensities even with significant pulse-to-pulse fluctuations in pulse energies. Use of single-mode lasers and introduction of a scheme to select nearly constant laser energies enable repeatable extraction of important spectral features in atomic hydrogen transitions. PMID:22940950

  15. Laser-diode frequency control by resonant phase-conjugate reflection from an atomic vapor.

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    Cyr, N; Breton, M; Têtu, M; Thériault, S

    1991-09-01

    We report our first results on the frequency control of an AlGaAs laser diode by resonant phase-conjugate reflection from an atomic rubidium vapor. When the electrical feedback technique is used, the Allan variance reaches a flicker floor such that sigma(y)(2)(tau) = 1.6 x 10(-19) tau(0) for tau > 1s. We also demonstrate that laser frequency locking can be achieved by using the phase-conjugate reflection directly as a resonant optical feedback. This approach leads to a self-controlled optical frequency standard at 780 nm. PMID:19776950

  16. High-power Ti:sapphire lasers for spectroscopy of antiprotonic atoms and radioactive ions

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    Hori, M.; Dax, A.; Soter, A.

    The ASACUSA collaboration has developed injection-seeded Ti:sapphire lasers of linewidth Γpl ˜ 6 MHz, pulse energy 50-100 mJ, and output wavelength λ = 726-941 nm. They are being used in two-photon spectroscopy experiments of antiprotonic helium atoms at the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) of CERN. Ti:sapphire lasers of larger linewidth Γpl ˜ 100 MHz but more robust design will also be used in collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy (CRIS) experiments of neutron-deficient francium ions at the ISOLDE facility.

  17. High-power Ti:sapphire lasers for spectroscopy of antiprotonic atoms and radioactive ions

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    Hori, M.; Dax, A.; Soter, A.

    2012-12-01

    The ASACUSA collaboration has developed injection-seeded Ti:sapphire lasers of linewidth Γpl ˜ 6 MHz, pulse energy 50-100 mJ, and output wavelength λ = 726-941 nm. They are being used in two-photon spectroscopy experiments of antiprotonic helium atoms at the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) of CERN. Ti:sapphire lasers of larger linewidth Γpl ˜ 100 MHz but more robust design will also be used in collinear resonance ionization spectroscopy (CRIS) experiments of neutron-deficient francium ions at the ISOLDE facility.

  18. Stabilization of circular Rydberg atoms by circularly polarized infrared laser fields

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    Askeland, S.; Soerngaard, S. A.; Nepstad, R.; Foerre, M.; Pilskog, I.

    2011-09-15

    The ionization dynamics of circular Rydberg states in strong circularly polarized infrared (800 nm) laser fields is studied by means of numerical simulations with the time-dependent Schroedinger equation. We find that at certain intensities, related to the radius of the Rydberg states, atomic stabilization sets in, and the ionization probability decreases as the intensity is further increased. Moreover, there is a strong dependence of the ionization probability on the rotational direction of the applied laser field, which can be understood from a simple classical analogy.

  19. Stabilization of circular Rydberg atoms by circularly polarized infrared laser fields

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    Askeland, S.; Sørngård, S. A.; Pilskog, I.; Nepstad, R.; Førre, M.

    2011-09-01

    The ionization dynamics of circular Rydberg states in strong circularly polarized infrared (800 nm) laser fields is studied by means of numerical simulations with the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. We find that at certain intensities, related to the radius of the Rydberg states, atomic stabilization sets in, and the ionization probability decreases as the intensity is further increased. Moreover, there is a strong dependence of the ionization probability on the rotational direction of the applied laser field, which can be understood from a simple classical analogy.

  20. Observation of picosecond superfluorescent pulses in rubidium atomic vapor pumped by 100-fs laser pulses

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    Ariunbold, Gombojav O.; Kash, Michael M.; Sautenkov, Vladimir A.; Li, Hebin; Welch, George R.; Rostovtsev, Yuri V.; Scully, Marlan O.

    2010-10-15

    We study the superfluorescence (SF) from a gas of rubidium atoms. The atoms of a dense vapor are excited to the 5D state from the 5S state by a two-photon process driven by 100-fs laser pulses. The atoms decay to the 6P state and then to the 5S state. The SF emission at 420 nm on the 6P-5S transition is recorded by a streak camera with picosecond time resolution. The time duration of the generated SF is tens of picoseconds, which is much shorter than the time scale of the usual relaxation processes, including spontaneous emission and atomic coherence dephasing. The dependence of the time delay between the reference input pulse and SF is measured as a function of laser power. The experimental data are described quantitatively by a simulation based on the semiclassical atom-field interaction theory. The observed change in scaling laws for the peak intensity and delay time can be elucidated by an SF theory in which the sample length is larger than the cooperation length.

  1. Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy of Metastable Atoms in Dusty Plasmas

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    Hoang Tung Do; Hippler, Rainer

    2008-09-07

    Spatial density profile of neon metastable produced in dusty plasma was investigated by means of tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy. The line averaged measured density drops about 30% with the presence of dust particles. The observations provide evidence for a significant interaction between atoms and powder particles which are important for energy transfer from plasma to particles. The power per unit area absorbed by dust particles due to the collision of metastable atoms with dust particle surface is about some tens of mW/m{sup 2}.

  2. Measurements of sulfur compounds in CO 2 by diode laser atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Franzke, J.; Stancu, D. G.; Niemax, K.

    2003-07-01

    Two simple methods for the analysis of the total concentration of sulfur in CO 2 by diode laser atomic absorption spectrometry of excited, metastable sulfur atoms in a direct current discharge are presented. In the first method, the CO 2 sample gas is mixed with the plasma gas (Ar or He) while the second is based on reproducible measurements of the sulfur released from the walls in a helium discharge after being deposited as a result of operating the discharge in pure CO 2 sample gas. The detection limits obtained satisfy the requirements for the control of sulfur compounds in CO 2 used in the food and beverage industry.

  3. Photoelectron momentum distributions of the hydrogen atom driven by multicycle elliptically polarized laser pulses

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    Murakami, Mitsuko; Chu, Shih-I.

    2016-02-01

    Photoelectron momentum distributions (PMDs) of the hydrogen atom driven by multicycle elliptically polarized strong laser fields are studied in detail, based on the numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation and the Volkov wave propagation. Both short and long driving pulses of the 800-nm field are considered, as well as the ellipticity dependence, to describe the mechanism of symmetry breaking in the hydrogen-atom PMD. Moreover, we demonstrate that the value of a retardation angle in the longitudinal PMD can depend on the order of above-threshold ionization spectra.

  4. Survival of Rydberg atoms in intense laser fields and the role of nondipole effects

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    Klaiber, Michael; Dimitrovski, Darko

    2015-02-01

    We consider the interaction of Rydberg atoms with strong infrared laser pulses using an approach based on the Magnus expansion of the time evolution operator. First-order corrections beyond the electric dipole approximation are also included in the theory. We illustrate the dynamics of the interaction at the parameters of the experiment [Eichmann et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 203002 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.203002]. It emerges that the depletion of Rydberg atoms in this regime comes predominantly from the nondipole effects.

  5. Observation of ionization of laser excited sodium atoms by synchrotron radiation

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    Bizau, J. M.; Wuilleumier, F.; Dhez, P.; Ederer, D. L.; Picqué, J. L.; LeGouët, J. L.; Koch, P.

    1982-09-01

    In a triple, orthogonal crossed beam experiment, we have studied photoionization of excited Na atoms. A cw ring dye laser (few W/cm2) locked to the D1 or D2 absorption lines excited up to 20% of the 2013 cm-3 ground state atoms to Na(3p 2p3/2). Monochromatized synchrotron radiation from the ACO storge ring provided the photoionizing radiation. A cylindrical mirror electron spectrometer was used to measure photoelectron spectra. First measurements of the 2p63p→2p53pEl photoionization were obtained. Decay of autoionizing resonances to the 2p53p ionic channel were also observed.

  6. A modification of the laser detonation-type hyperthermal oxygen atom beam source for a long-term operation

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    Kinoshita, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Shunsuke; Yatani, Hideaki; Ohmae, Nobuo

    2008-07-15

    It has been an impedimental problem, for the laser detonation-type atom beam generator, that a poppet in the pulsed supersonic valve is rapidly eroded by the irradiation of powerful laser light and high temperature plasma. In order to operate the atom beam source for a long duration, a modification was made to hide the poppet from direct irradiation of laser and plasma. The alteration of device configuration resulted in great improvement in endurance of poppet more than 300 000 repetitions. Morphology of a polyimide film exposed to approximately 200 000 pulses of hyperthermal oxygen atom beam showed a shaglike carpet structure, which is a characteristic to that exposed to energetic oxygen atoms. A flux of the oxygen atom beam was estimated to be 5x10{sup 14} atoms/cm{sup 2}/pulse at a location of 30 cm away from the nozzle throat.

  7. Interaction of laser-cooled 87Rb atoms with higher order modes of an optical nanofibre

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    Kumar, Ravi; Gokhroo, Vandna; Deasy, Kieran; Maimaiti, Aili; Frawley, Mary C.; Phelan, Ciarán; Chormaic, Síle Nic

    2015-01-01

    Optical nanofibres are used to confine light to sub-wavelength regions and are very promising tools for the development of optical fibre-based quantum networks using cold, neutral atoms. To date, experimental studies on atoms near nanofibres have focussed on fundamental fibre mode interactions. In this work, we demonstrate the integration of a few-mode optical nanofibre into a magneto-optical trap for 87Rb atoms. The nanofibre, with a waist diameter of ˜700 nm, supports both the fundamental and first group of higher order modes (HOMs) and is used for atomic fluorescence and absorption studies. In general, light propagating in higher order fibre modes has a greater evanescent field extension around the waist in comparison with the fundamental mode. By exploiting this behaviour, we demonstrate that the detected signal of fluorescent photons emitted from a cloud of cold atoms centred at the nanofibre waist is larger if HOMs are also included. In particular, the signal from HOMs appears to be about six times larger than that obtained for the fundamental mode. Absorption of on-resonance, HOM probe light by the laser-cooled atoms is also observed. These advances should facilitate the realization of atom trapping schemes based on HOM interference.

  8. Imaging of the expansion of femtosecond-laser-produced silicon plasma atoms by off-resonant planar laser-induced fluorescence.

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    Samek, Ota; Leis, Franz; Margetic, Vanja; Malina, Radomir; Niemax, Kay; Hergenröder, Roland

    2003-10-20

    Planar laser-induced fluorescence measurements were used to investigate the expansion dynamics of a femtosecond laser-induced plasma. Temporally and spatially resolved measurements were performed to monitor the atoms that were ablated from a silicon target. A dye laser (lambda = 288.16 nm) was used to excite fluorescence signals. The radiation of an off-resonant transition (Si 390.55 nm) was observed at different distances from the target surface. This allowed easy detection of the ablated Si atoms without problems caused by scattered laser light. Abel inversion was applied to obtain the radial distribution of the Si atoms. The atom distribution in the plasma shows some peculiarities, depending on the crater depth. PMID:14594057

  9. Two-photon dichroic atomic vapor laser lock using electromagnetically induced transparency and absorption

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    Becerra, F. E.; Willis, R. T.; Rolston, S. L.; Orozco, L. A.

    2009-07-15

    We demonstrate a technique to lock the frequency of a laser to a transition between two excited states in Rb vapor using a two-photon process in the presence of a weak magnetic field. We use a ladder configuration from specific hyperfine sublevels of the 5S{sub 1/2}, 5P{sub 3/2}, and 5D{sub 5/2} levels. This atomic configuration can show electromagnetically induced transparency and absorption processes. The error signal comes from the difference in the transparency or absorption felt by the two orthogonal polarizations of the probe beam. A simplified model is in good quantitative agreement with the observed signals for the experimental parameters. We have used this technique to lock the frequency of the laser up to 1.5 GHz off atomic resonance.

  10. Microwave lensing frequency shift of the PHARAO laser-cooled microgravity atomic clock

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    Peterman, Phillip; Gibble, Kurt; Laurent, Phillipe; Salomon, Christophe

    2016-04-01

    We evaluate the microwave lensing frequency shift of the microgravity laser-cooled caesium clock PHARAO. We find microwave lensing frequency shifts of δν/ν  =  11  ×  10-17 to 13  ×  10-17, larger than the shift of typical fountain clocks. The shift has a weak dependence on PHARAO parameters, including the atomic temperature, size of the atomic cloud, detection laser intensities, and the launch velocity. We also find the lensing frequency shift to be insensitive to selection and detection spatial inhomogeneities and the expected low-frequency vibrations. We conservatively assign a nominal microwave lensing frequency uncertainty of  ±4  ×  10-17.

  11. Evaluation of a laser excited Voigt effect coherent forward scattering atomic spectrometer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Davis, L. A.; Krupa, R. J.; Winefordner, J. D.

    Coherent forward scattering atomic spectrometry involves the rotation of linearly polarized light when it passes through atoms located in a magnetic field. Our system employs a transverse magnetic field around either an air-acetylene flame or a graphite furnace. A second polarizer, the analyzer, is used to detect the amount of light which is rotated. Since the signal produced in CFS is proportional to the incident itensity of light, it was postulated that the use of a laser as an excitation source for CFS might be a useful technique. The results of our experiments show the reverse to be true. Based on the limits of detection obtained, laser-excited CFS does not appear to be a viable analytical technique. The results obtained, however, do provide interesting information in terms of the theoretical evaluation of CFS.

  12. Towards the measurement of the electron EDM with laser cooled francium atoms

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    Kawamura, Hirokazu; Ando, S.; Aoki, T.; Arikawa, H.; Ezure, S.; Harada, K.; Hayamizu, T.; Inoue, T.; Ishikawa, T.; Itoh, M.; Kato, K.; Sakamoto, K.; Uchiyama, A.; Aoki, T.; Furukawa, T.; Hatakeyama, A.; Hatanaka, K.; Imai, K.; Murakami, T.; Nataraj, H. S.; Sato, T.; Shimizu, Y.; Yoshida, H. P.; Wakasa, T.; Sakemi, Y.

    2014-09-01

    The electric dipole moment (EDM) of a particle is a probe into new physics beyond the standard model. The electron EDM might be observed with an enhancement in heavier paramagnetic atoms. Francium (Fr), whose electron structure is useful for laser-cooling and trapping, has a large enhancement factor. Fr produced at high temperature via a fusion reaction will be laser-cooled and trapped in an optical lattice where the EDM is measured. The magneto-optical trapping of Fr is required in advance of the lattice trapping. The technique observing a small number of atoms makes it easy to search for the resonant frequency of Fr. The improvement of the beam purity should lead to a more efficient trap. The techniques towards Fr trapping and EDM measurement have been developed. The electric dipole moment (EDM) of a particle is a probe into new physics beyond the standard model. The electron EDM might be observed with an enhancement in heavier paramagnetic atoms. Francium (Fr), whose electron structure is useful for laser-cooling and trapping, has a large enhancement factor. Fr produced at high temperature via a fusion reaction will be laser-cooled and trapped in an optical lattice where the EDM is measured. The magneto-optical trapping of Fr is required in advance of the lattice trapping. The technique observing a small number of atoms makes it easy to search for the resonant frequency of Fr. The improvement of the beam purity should lead to a more efficient trap. The techniques towards Fr trapping and EDM measurement have been developed. Supported by MEXT/JSPS KAKENHI Grants (21104005, 25610112 and 26220705) and Tohoku University's Focused Research Project.

  13. Plasma chemistry of iodine atoms production for CW oxygen-iodine laser

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    Mikheyev, P. A.; Ufimtsev, N. I.; Demyanov, A. V.; Kochetov, I. V.; Napartovich, A. P.

    2012-01-01

    Usage of iodine atoms instead of molecules in oxygen-iodine laser permits to expand its range of operation parameters and improve the weight per power ratio. Results of experiments and modeling of plasma chemistry processes resulting in CH3I dissociation in a planar 40 MHz discharge are presented, showing that addition of oxygen or water into Ar:He:CH3I mixtures can lead to a noticeable increase in CH3I dissociation rate and inhibit iodine recombination during transport.

  14. Optical Field Ionization of Atoms and Ions Using Ultrashort Laser Pulses

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    Fittinghoff, David Neal

    This dissertation research is an investigation of the strong optical field ionization of atoms and ions by 120-fs, 614-nm laser pulses and 130-fs, 800-nm laser pulses. The experiments have shown ionization that is enhanced above the predictions of sequential tunneling models for He^{+2}, Ne ^{+2} and Ar^ {+2}. The ion yields for He^ {+1}, Ne^{+1} and Ar^{+1} agree well with the theoretical predictions of optical tunneling models. Investigation of the polarization dependence of the ionization indicates that the enhancements are consistent with a nonsequential ionization mechanism in which the linearly polarized field drives the electron wavefunction back toward the ion core and causes double ionization through inelastic e-2e scattering. These investigations have initiated a number of other studies by other groups and are of current scientific interest in the fields of high-irradiance laser -matter interactions and production of high-density plasmas. This work involved: (1) Understanding the characteristic nature of the ion yields produced by tunneling ionization through investigation of analytic solutions for tunneling at optical frequencies. (2) Extensive characterization of the pulses produced by 614-nm and 800-nm ultrashort pulse lasers. Absolute calibration of the irradiance scale produced shows the practicality of the inverse problem--measuring peak laser irradiance using ion yields. (3) Measuring the ion yields (number of ions produced versus irradiance) for three noble gases using linear, circular and elliptical polarizations of laser pulses.

  15. Comparison of Laser Interferometry and Atom Interferometry for Gravitational Wave Observations in Space

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    Bender, Peter L.

    2015-08-01

    1. In 2013 a suggestion was made by Graham et al. [1] [Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 171102 (2013)] of possible GW observations over 10^3 km baselines using strongly forbidden single photon transitions in atoms such as Sr-87. A comparison of the requirements for such a mission with those for laser interferometer missions such as LISA or eLISA with roughly 10^6 km baselines was published in 2014 [Bender, Phys. Rev. D 89, 062004 (2014)]. The comparison will be somewhat updated in this talk.2. Recently, a possible method for gravitational wave observations with atom interferometry over million km scale baselines has been suggested by Hogan and Kasevich [arXiv:1501.06797v1 (2015)]. As an example, they consider observations similar to those discussed in [1], but over a 2*10^6 km baseline. The atomic transitions in the two spacecraft would be driven by separate lasers that are phase locked using 1 W laser power and 30 cm diam. telescopes. Total observation times for individual clouds of 80 to 320 s are assumed, along with 50 concurrent interferometers and a 60 Hz Rabi frequency for the laser pulses.3. After the flight of the LISA Pathfinder mission later this year, it is expected that more intensive work will start on a laser interferometer gravitational wave mission. Probably the most important objective will be the observation of GW signals from the mergers at high redshifts of massive black holes with masses in the range from perhaps 10^4 to 10^7 M_sun. Such signals would give new constraints on the mechanisms for the formation of intermediate mass and larger black holes at early times, and probably contribute to understanding the observed close correlation between the growth of galaxies and of the massive black holes at their centers.

  16. Continuous-wave, single-frequency 229  nm laser source for laser cooling of cadmium atoms.

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    Kaneda, Yushi; Yarborough, J M; Merzlyak, Yevgeny; Yamaguchi, Atsushi; Hayashida, Keitaro; Ohmae, Noriaki; Katori, Hidetoshi

    2016-02-15

    Continuous-wave output at 229 nm for the application of laser cooling of Cd atoms was generated by the fourth harmonic using two successive second-harmonic generation stages. Employing a single-frequency optically pumped semiconductor laser as a fundamental source, 0.56 W of output at 229 nm was observed with a 10-mm long, Brewster-cut BBO crystal in an external cavity with 1.62 W of 458 nm input. Conversion efficiency from 458 nm to 229 nm was more than 34%. By applying a tapered amplifier (TA) as a fundamental source, we demonstrated magneto-optical trapping of all stable Cd isotopes including isotopes Cd111 and Cd113, which are applicable to optical lattice clocks. PMID:26872168

  17. Ground state bromine atom density measurements by two-photon absorption laser-induced fluorescence

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    Sirse, N.; Foucher, M.; Chabert, P.; Booth, J.-P.

    2014-12-01

    Ground state bromine atom detection by two-photon absorption laser-induced fluorescence (TALIF) is demonstrated. The (4p5) {^2Po3/2} bromine atoms are excited by two-photon absorption at 252.594 nm to the (5p) {^4So3/2} state and detected by 635.25 nm fluorescence to the (5s) 4P5/2 state. The atoms are generated in a radio-frequency inductively-coupled plasma in pure HBr. The excitation laser also causes some photodissociation of HBr molecules, but this can be minimized by not focussing the laser beam, still giving adequate signal levels. We determined the natural lifetime of the emitting (5p) {^4So3/2} state, τf^Br*=30.9 +/- 1.4 ns and the rate constant for quenching of this state by collision with HBr molecules, k_HBrQ = 1.02 +/- 0.07× 10-15 m3 s-1 .

  18. Phase-locked, low-noise, frequency agile titanium:sapphire lasers for simultaneous atom interferometers.

    PubMed

    Müller, Holger; Chiow, Sheng-wey; Long, Quan; Chu, Steven

    2006-01-15

    We demonstrate a laser system consisting of a >1.6 W titanium:sapphire laser that is phase locked to another free-running titanium:sapphire laser at a wavelength of 852 nm with a phase noise of -138 dBc/Hz at 1 MHz from the carrier, using an intracavity electro-optic phase modulator. The residual phase variance is 2.5 x 10(-8) rad2 integrated from 1 Hz to 10 kHz. This system can phase-continuously change the offset frequency within 200 ns with frequency steps up to 4 MHz. Simultaneous atom interferometers can make full use of this ultralow phase noise in differential measurements, where influences from the vibration of optics are greatly suppressed in common mode. PMID:16441030

  19. Method using laser irradiation for the production of atomically clean crystalline silicon and germanium surfaces

    DOEpatents

    Ownby, G.W.; White, C.W.; Zehner, D.M.

    1979-12-28

    This invention relates to a new method for removing surface impurities from crystalline silicon or germanium articles, such as off-the-shelf p- or n-type wafers to be doped for use as junction devices. The principal contaminants on such wafers are oxygen and carbon. The new method comprises laser-irradiating the contaminated surface in a non-reactive atmosphere, using one or more of Q-switched laser pulses whose parameters are selected to effect melting of the surface without substantial vaporization thereof. In a typical application, a plurality of pulses is used to convert a surface region of an off-the-shelf silicon wafer to an atomically clean region. This can be accomplished in a system at a pressure below 10-/sup 8/ Torr, using Q-switched ruber-laser pulses having an energy density in the range of from about 60 to 190 MW/cm/sup 2/.

  20. Calibration graphs for steels by IR laser ablation inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry.

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    Kanický, V; Otruba, V; Novotný, K; Musil, P; Mermet, J M

    2001-06-01

    Infrared laser ablation (IRLA) was studied as a sample-introduction technique for the analysis of steels by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). A comparison of two IRLA-ICP-AES systems based on Q-switched nanosecond Nd: YAG lasers was performed. The beam of the LINA-Spark atomizer (LSA Sarl, Cully, Switzerland) based on the Surelite 1-20 laser (Continuum, USA) was moved along a circle. A Perkin-Elmer Optima 3000 DV ICP system was used both with lateral and axial viewing modes. A laboratory-made ablation system based on the Brilliant laser (Quantel) was coupled to a Jobin-Yvon 170 Ultrace ICP (lateral viewing, polychromator part employed). A sample was rotated along a circle during ablation. Linearity of calibration plots was verified at least up to 19% Cr and 12% Ni without internal standardization for both LA-ICP-AES systems. Other elements examined were Mo up to 3%, Mn up 1.5%, Si up to 1.7%, and Cu up to 0.15%. The reproducibility was in the range 5-1 %RSD for a mass percentage 0.5-20% of steel constituents. The relative uncertainty of the centroids of the calibration lines was in the range from +/- 4% to +/- 12% for Cr, Ni, Mn, Mo, and Si, and from +/- 8% to +/- 19% for Cu. The lowest determinable quantities were calculated for calibration dependencies. Performances of both the IR-LA-ICP-AES were comparable. PMID:11495061

  1. RETRACTED Studies on the effect of instability of divergence, pointing and amplitude of green and yellow radiation pulses of copper vapour laser in second harmonic and sum frequency conversion

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    Prakash, Om; Mahakud, Ramakanta; Nakhe, Shankar V.; Dixit, Sudhir K.

    2013-02-01

    This paper presents the effect of single pulse stability of divergence angle, beam pointing angle and amplitude of green and yellow radiation pulses of an unstable resonator copper vapour laser (CVL) oscillator in the sum frequency mixing and second harmonic. The conversion efficiency of sum frequency generation was lower compared to second harmonic processes despite larger fundamental power being used in sum frequency experiments. However the net UV power obtained at the sum frequency was higher than both of the second harmonic UV frequencies. Lower SFG conversion efficiency (12.4%271 nm) compared to SHG (16.7%255 nm, 14.5%289 nm) of individual CVL radiations is attributed to difference in single pulse stability of beam pointing, divergence and amplitude fluctuation of both CVL radiations in addition to commonly known fact of spatio-temporal mis-match. At the same fundamental input power (2.7 W), higher SH conversion efficiency of yellow (12.7%) compared to green (11.0%) is attributed to its better single pulse stability of beam pointing and divergence.

  2. Preparation of nanowire specimens for laser-assisted atom probe tomography

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    Blumtritt, H.; Isheim, D.; Senz, S.; Seidman, D. N.; Moutanabbir, O.

    2014-10-01

    The availability of reliable and well-engineered commercial instruments and data analysis software has led to development in recent years of robust and ergonomic atom-probe tomographs. Indeed, atom-probe tomography (APT) is now being applied to a broader range of materials classes that involve highly important scientific and technological problems in materials science and engineering. Dual-beam focused-ion beam microscopy and its application to the fabrication of APT microtip specimens have dramatically improved the ability to probe a variety of systems. However, the sample preparation is still challenging especially for emerging nanomaterials such as epitaxial nanowires which typically grow vertically on a substrate through metal-catalyzed vapor phase epitaxy. The size, morphology, density, and sensitivity to radiation damage are the most influential parameters in the preparation of nanowire specimens for APT. In this paper, we describe a step-by-step process methodology to allow a precisely controlled, damage-free transfer of individual, short silicon nanowires onto atom probe microposts. Starting with a dense array of tiny nanowires and using focused ion beam, we employed a sequence of protective layers and markers to identify the nanowire to be transferred and probed while protecting it against Ga ions during lift-off processing and tip sharpening. Based on this approach, high-quality three-dimensional atom-by-atom maps of single aluminum-catalyzed silicon nanowires are obtained using a highly focused ultraviolet laser-assisted local electrode atom probe tomograph.

  3. Spectroscopy with Laser-cooled Francium and Progress on Atomic Parity Non-conservation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Jiehang

    Francium, the heaviest alkali, possesses a unique combination of structural simplicity and great sensitivity to effects such as atomic parity non-conservation (APNC). We report in this thesis our progress towards measuring weak-interaction physics in a low energy system: the francium atom. We have built a new generation of high-efficiency laser cooling and trapping facility at TRIUMF national laboratory in Canada. We constructed a precision science chamber and demonstrate francium atom transfer into the precision trap, where the electromagnetic field environments can be exquisitely controlled such that weak-interaction studies via optical and microwave excitations can take place. We perform laser spectroscopy measurements of the hyperfine structure and isotope shifts in a chain of francium isotopes near the neutron closed shell (N = 126), including both ground and isomeric nuclear states. These measurements provide a basis for benchmarking state of the art atomic theory, as well as future nuclear structure calculations in Fr, necessary for interpreting the weak-interaction studies. These developments lay important foundations for precision parity non-conservation measurements with francium.

  4. Exploring Ramsey-coherent population trapping atomic clock realized with pulsed microwave modulated laser

    SciTech Connect

    Yang, Jing; Yun, Peter; Tian, Yuan; Tan, Bozhong; Gu, Sihong

    2014-03-07

    A scheme for a Ramsey-coherent population trapping (CPT) atomic clock that eliminates the acousto-optic modulator (AOM) is proposed and experimentally studied. Driven by a periodically microwave modulated current, the vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser emits a continuous beam that switches between monochromatic and multichromatic modes. Ramsey-CPT interference has been studied with this mode-switching beam. In eliminating the AOM, which is used to generate pulsed laser in conventional Ramsey-CPT atomic clock, the physics package of the proposed scheme is virtually the same as that of a conventional compact CPT atomic clock, although the resource budget for the electronics will slightly increase as a microwave switch should be added. By evaluating and comparing experimentally recorded signals from the two Ramsey-CPT schemes, the short-term frequency stability of the proposed scheme was found to be 46% better than the scheme with AOM. The experimental results suggest that the implementation of a compact Ramsey-CPT atomic clock promises better frequency stability.

  5. Determination of airblast atomized spray structure using state-of-the-art laser diagnostics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jasuja, A. K.; Tam, C. K.

    1992-07-01

    This paper presents the results of an integrated qualitative-quantitative investigation into the detailed structure of an airblast atomized gas turbine spray at near atmospheric pressure and temperature conditions. Pre-filming airblast atomizer was studied with aviation kerosine as the test fuel. Phase Doppler anemometry was utilized to interrogate droplet size, velocity and number density characteristics while high-energy, pulsed laser sheet illumination technique enabled the visualization of the condition of the liquid at atomizer exit as well as variations in droplet concentration. The spray is found to be generally inhomogeneous in structure and the extent of size, velocity, number density inhomogeneity increases as the axial distance of the measurement plane diminishes. This has implications for the attainment of a satisfactory combustion-emissions performance from modern combustors with compact reaction zones.

  6. Photoinduced Electron and H-atom Transfer Reactions of Xanthone by Laser Flash Photolysis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Jin-ting; Pan, Yang; Zhang, Li-min; Yu, Shu-qin

    2007-08-01

    The property of the lowest excited triplet states of xanthone in acetonitrile was investigated using time-resolved laser flash photolysis at 355 nm. The transient absorption spectra and the quenching rate constants (kq) of the excited xanthone with several amines were determined. Good correlation between lgkq and the driving force of the reactions suggests the electron transfer mechanism, except aniline and 3-nitroaniline (3-NO2-A) which showed energy transfer mechanism. With the appearance of ketyl radical, hydrogen atom transfer also happened between xanthone and dimethyl-p-toluidine, 3,5,N,N-tetramethylaniline, N,N-dimethylaniline, and triethylamine. Therefore, both electron transfer and H-atom transfer occured in these systems. Great discrepancies of kq values were discovered in H-atom abstraction reactions for alcohols and phenols, which can be explained by different abstraction mechanisms. The quenching rate constants between xanthone and alcohols correlate well with the ?-C-H bonding energy of alcohols.

  7. Evidence for unnatural-parity contributions to electron-impact ionization of laser-aligned atoms

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    Armstrong, G. S. J.; Colgan, J.; Pindzola, M. S.; Amami, S.; Madison, D. H.; Pursehouse, J.; Nixon, K. L.; Murray, A. J.

    2015-09-01

    Recent measurements have examined the electron-impact ionization of excited-state laser-aligned Mg atoms. In this work we show that the ionization cross section arising from the geometry where the aligned atom is perpendicular to the scattering plane directly probes the unnatural parity contributions to the ionization amplitude. The contributions from natural parity partial waves cancel exactly in this geometry. Our calculations resolve the discrepancy between the nonzero measured cross sections in this plane and the zero cross section predicted by distorted-wave approaches. We demonstrate that this is a general feature of ionization from p -state targets by additional studies of ionization from excited Ca and Na atoms.

  8. Modeling of the atomic Ne laser in He/Ne/Ar gas mixtures

    SciTech Connect

    Jong, W.; Kushner, S.; Kushner, M.J.

    1992-12-01

    The high pressure atomic Ne laser operates on 4 visible transitions between the 3p and 3s manifolds. There has been renewed interest in this laser due to demonstrated high efficiency lasing at 585 nm in e-beam and fission fragment excited plasmas. A comprehensive computer model for the Ne laser in He/Ne/Ar mixtures has been developed to examine excitation mechanisms. The authors found that direct excitation of the 3p manifold by dissociative recombination of Ne{sub 2}{sup +} is the likely pumping mechanism, while state-selective Penning reactions dominantly relax the lower levels. Comparisons to experiments performed on a short pulsed e-beam excited laser showed that the electron temperature in the afterglow is determined by a slow relaxation of excited states in Ar. Oscillation does not occur until these manifolds are depleted, and the electron temperature falls. Scaling laws for the Ne laser at low pump powers, as obtained using fission fragment excitation, will be discussed.

  9. In situ laser ablation sampling for inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry

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    Liu, X. R.; Horlick, Gary

    1995-06-01

    In this report an in situ laser ablation system for inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) is described that eliminates the aerosol transport step associated with conventional laser ablation sample introduction systems. The concept of this system is to place the sample inside the ICP torch immediately below the plasma discharge. This can be accomplished using a direct sample insertion system. The laser is then focused on the sample by a lens placed above the plasma and ablated material is directly injected into the plasma. For ablation with a Q-switched Nd-YAG laser (single pulse) this results in an emission signal that has a duration of about 0.7 ms, in contrast to a conventional ablation system where signal durations are measured in seconds. This translates to a dramatic improvement in sensitivity for the in situ system over a conventional system. Measurement considerations are discussed, results are presented for the analysis of Al and steel samples, and the in situ system is briefly compared with a conventional laser ablation system.

  10. Arc Jet Flow Properties Determined from Laser- Induced Fluorescence of Atomic Species

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fletcher, Douglas G.

    1997-01-01

    Flow property measurements that were recently acquired in the Ames Research Center Aerodynamic Heating Facility (AHF) arc jet using two-photon Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF) of atomic nitrogen and oxygen are reported. The measured properties, which include velocity, translational temperature, and species concentration, cover a wide range of facility operation for the 30 cm nozzle. During the tests, the arc jet pressure and input stream composition were maintained at fixed values and the arc current was varied to vary the flow enthalpy. As part of this ongoing effort, a measurement of the two-photon absorption coefficient for the 3p4D(left arrow)2p4S transition of atomic nitrogen was performed, and the measured value is used to convert the relative concentration measurements to absolute values. A flow reactor is used to provide a known temperature line shape profile to deconvolve the laser line width contribution to the translational temperature measurements. Results from the current experiments are compared with previous results obtained using NO-beta line profiles at room temperature and the problem of multimode laser oscillation and its impact on the two-photon excitation line shape are discussed. One figure is attached, and this figure show relative N atom concentration measurements as a function of the arc power. Other measurements have already been acquired and analyzed. The arc jet flow facilities are heavily used in thermal protection material development and evaluation. All hypersonic flight and planetary atmospheric entry vehicles will use materials tested in these arc jet facilities. This poster represents an application of laser-spectroscopic measurements in an important test facility.

  11. Arcjet Flow Properties Determined from Laser-Induced Fluorescence of Atomic Species

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fletcher, Douglas G.

    1997-01-01

    Flow property measurements that were recently acquired in the Ames Research Center Aerodynamic Heating Facility (AHF) arc jet using two-photon Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF) of atomic nitrogen and oxygen are reported. The measured properties, which include velocity, translational temperature, and species concentration, cover a wide range of facility operation for the 30 cm nozzle. During the tests, the arc jet pressure and input stream composition were maintained at fixed values and the arc current was varied to vary the flow enthalpy. As part of this ongoing effort, a measurement of the two-photon absorption coefficient for the 3p4D<-2p4S transition of atomic nitrogen was performed, and the measured value is used to convert the relative concentration measurements to absolute values. A flow reactor is used to provide a known temperature line shape profile to deconvolve the laser line width contribution to the translational temperature measurements. Results from the current experiments are compared with previous results obtained using NO-Beta line profiles at room temperature and the problem of multimode laser oscillation and its impact on the two-photon excitation line shape are discussed. One figure is attached, and this figure shows relative N atom concentration measurements as a function of the arc power. Other measurements have already been acquired and analyzed. This poster represents an application of laser-spectroscopic measurements in an important test facility. The arc jet flow facilities are heavily used in thermal protection material development and evaluation. All hypersonic flight and planetary atmospheric entry vehicles will use materials tested in these arc jet facilities.

  12. A Simple LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) Laboratory Experiment to Introduce Undergraduates to Calibration Functions and Atomic Spectroscopy

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    Chinni, Rosemarie C.

    2012-01-01

    This laboratory experiment introduces students to a different type of atomic spectroscopy: laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). LIBS uses a laser-generated spark to excite the sample; once excited, the elemental emission is spectrally resolved and detected. The students use LIBS to analyze a series of standard synthetic silicate samples

  13. A semiclassical study of laser-induced atomic fluorescence from Na2, K2 and NaK

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    Yuan, J.-M.; Bhattacharyya, D. K.; George, T. F.

    1982-01-01

    A semiclassical treatment of laser-induced atomic fluorescence for the alkali-dimer systems Na2, K2 and NaK is presented. The variation of the fluorescence intensity with the frequency of the exciting laser photon is studied and a comparison of theoretical results with a set of experimental data is presented.

  14. A Simple LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) Laboratory Experiment to Introduce Undergraduates to Calibration Functions and Atomic Spectroscopy

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Chinni, Rosemarie C.

    2012-01-01

    This laboratory experiment introduces students to a different type of atomic spectroscopy: laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). LIBS uses a laser-generated spark to excite the sample; once excited, the elemental emission is spectrally resolved and detected. The students use LIBS to analyze a series of standard synthetic silicate samples…

  15. Nuclear-driven flashlamp pumping of the atomic iodine laser. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Miley, G.H.

    1992-03-01

    This report is a study of the atomic iodine laser pumped with nuclear- excited XeBr fluorescence. Preliminary experiments, conducted in the TRIGA reactor investigated the fluorescence of the excimer XeBr under nuclear pumping with {sup 10}B and {sup 3}He, for use as a flashlamp gas to stimulate the laser. These measurements included a determination of the fluorescence efficiency (light emitted in the wavelength region of interest, divided by energy deposited in the gas) of XeBr under nuclear pumping, with varying excimer mixtures. Maximum fluorescence efficiencies were approximately 1%. In order to better understand XeBr under nuclear excitation, a kinetics model of the system was prepared. The model generated the time-dependant concentrations of 20 reaction species for three pulse sizes, a TRIGA pulse, a fast burst reactor pulse, and an e-beam pulse. The modeling results predicted fluorescence efficiencies significantly higher (peak efficiencies of approximately 10%) than recorded in the fluorescence experiments. The cause of this discrepancy was not fully determined. A ray tracing computer model was also prepared to evaluate the efficiency with which nuclear-induced fluorescence generated in one cavity of a laser could be coupled into another cavity containing an iodine lasant. Finally, an experimental laser cell was constructed to verify that nuclear-induced XeBr fluorescence could be used to stimulate a laser. Lasing was achieved at 1.31 micron in the TRIGA using C{sub 3}F{sub 7}I, a common iodine lasant. Peak laser powers were approximately 20 mW. Measured flashlamp pump powers at threshold agreed well with literature values, as did lasant pressure dependency on laser operation.

  16. GaAlAs laser diode frequency locked at the D/sub 2/ line of Cs atoms in an atomic beam

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, D.; Xie, L.; Wang, Y.

    1988-10-01

    A GaAlAs laser diode has been locked to the D/sub 2/ transition of Cs atoms in an atomic beam. Measured frequency stabilities are 1 x 10/sup -10/ (0.1 sec), 8.4 x 10/sup -12/ (1 sec), 2.2 x 10/sup -12/ (10 sec), and 7.8 x 10/sup -13/ (100 sec). This system has been successfully applied to an optically pumped Cs-beam frequency standard.

  17. Near resonant absorption by atoms in intense fluctuating laser fields. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, S.J.

    1994-01-01

    The objective of this program was to make quantitative measurements of the effects of higher-order phase/frequency correlations in a laser beam on nonlinear optical absorption processes in atoms. The success of this program was due in large part to a unique experimental capability for modulating the extracavity beam of a stabilized ({approx_lt}200 kHz) continuous-wave laser with statistically-well-characterized stochastic phase (or frequency) fluctuations, in order to synthesize laser bandwidths to {approximately}20 MHz (depending on noise amplitude), with profiles variable between Gaussian and Lorentzian (depending on noise bandwidth). Laser driven processes investigated included the following: (1) the optical Autler-Towns effect in the 3S{sub 1/2} (F = 2, M{sub F} = 2) {yields} 3P{sub 3/2} (F = 3, M{sub F} = 3) two- level Na resonance, using a weak probe to the 4D{sub 5/2} level; (2) the variance and spectra of fluorescence intensity fluctuations in the two-level Na resonance; (3) the Hanle effect in the {sup 1}S{sub 0} {minus} {sup 3}P{sub 1}, transition at {lambda} = 555.6 nm in {sup 174} Yb; (4) absorption (and gain) of a weak probe, when the probe is a time-delayed replica of the resonant (with the two-level Na transition) pump laser; and (5) four-wave-mixing in a phase-conjugate geometry, in a sodium cell, and, finally, in a diffuse atomic sodium beam. The experimental results from these several studies have provided important confirmation of advanced theoretical methods.

  18. Absorption spectroscopy characterization measurements of a laser-produced Na atomic beam

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    Ching, C.H.; Bailey, J.E.; Lake, P.W.; Filuk, A.B.; Adams, R.G.; McKenney, J.

    1996-06-01

    This work describes a pulsed Na atomic beam source developed for spectroscopic diagnosis of a high-power ion diode on the Particle Beam Fusion Accelerator II. The goal is to produce a {approximately} 10{sup 12}-cm{sup {minus}3}-density Na atomic beam that can be injected into the diode acceleration gap to measure electric and magnetic fields from the Stark and Zeeman effects through laser-induced-fluorescence or absorption spectroscopy. A {approximately} 10 ns fwhm, 1.06 {micro}m, 0.6 J/cm{sup 2} laser incident through a glass slide heats a Na-bearing thin film, creating a plasma that generates a sodium vapor plume. A {approximately} 1 {micro}sec fwhm dye laser beam tuned to 5,890 {angstrom} is used for absorption measurement of the Na I resonant doublet by viewing parallel to the film surface. The dye laser light is coupled through a fiber to a spectrograph with a time-integrated CCD camera. A two-dimensional mapping of the Na vapor density is obtained through absorption measurements at different spatial locations. Time-of-flight and Doppler broadening of the absorption with {approximately} 0.1 {angstrom} spectral resolution indicate that the Na neutral vapor temperature is about 0.5 to 2 eV. Laser-induced-fluorescence from {approximately} 1 {times} 10{sup 12}-cm{sup {minus}3} Na I 3s-3p lines observed with a streaked spectrograph provides a signal level sufficient for {approximately} 0.06 {angstrom} wavelength shift measurements in a mock-up of an ion diode experiment.

  19. QED Theory of Radiation Emission and Absorption Lines for Atoms and Ions in a Strong Laser Field

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    Glushkov, A. V.

    2008-10-22

    The results of numerical calculating the multi-photon resonance shift and width for transition 6S-6F in the atom of Cs (wavelength 1059nm) in a laser pulse of the Gaussian and soliton-like shapes are presented. QED theory of radiation atomic lines is used.

  20. Strong Gaussian standing wave: an efficient tool for laser cooling of atomic beams

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    Zemanek, Pavel; Foot, Christopher J.

    1998-01-01

    We propose an efficient method of cooling atoms in a strong Gaussian standing wave. The steep gradients of the atomic potential energy give rise to large dipole forces, which can be much stronger than the maximum radiation pressure force and can therefore stop atoms in a much shorter distance. We have simulated the cooling process using a semi-classical Monte- Carlo method, which includes the radial motion, in addition to the motion along the beams. Both motions are calculated directly without separation the dynamics into force and diffusion terms. To cool a large range of atomic velocities the frame in which the standing wave is at rest was swept by changing the frequencies of the counter-propagating beams, in a similar way to the well-known chirp cooling technique using the radiation pressure force. If the curvature of Gaussian beams far from beam waist is employed the radial motion and velocities can be reduced even for the blue detuning comparing to the near waist case. The simulations show that it is possible to stop caesium atoms in a distance of several centimeters (the exact value depends on the laser power, beam waist radius and acceptable chirping force) starting from the most probable velocity at room temperature. Narrower radial and wider axial velocity distribution was obtained for red detuning comparing with the blue one.

  1. Inelastic processes in atomic collisions involving ground state and laser-prepared atoms

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    Planje, Willem Gilles

    1999-11-01

    In dit proefschrift worden experimenten beschreven waarbij ionen of atomen met een bepaalde snelheid op een ensemble van doelwitatomen worden gericht. Wanneer twee deeltjes elkaar voldoende genaderd hebben, vindt er wissel- werking plaats waarbij allerlei processen kunnen optreden. Deze processen resulteren in specieke eindproducten. Kennis over de interactie tussen twee botsingspartners wordt verkregen door te bekijken welke eindproducten ontstaan, en in welke mate. Een belangrijke grootheid die van invloed is op mogelijke processen is de onderlinge snelheid van de twee kernen, oftewel de botsingssnelheid. Wanneer de botsingssnelheid voldoende klein is dan kunnen de verschillende reactiemechanismen zowel kwalitatief als kwanti- tatief vaak goed voorspeld worden door het systeem te beschouwen als een kort-stondig molecuul, opgebouwd uit de twee botsende deeltjes. De ver- schillende processen die kunnen optreden worden gekwaliceerd afhankelijk van de vorming van bepaalde eindproducten. Ruwweg de volgende indeling kan gemaakt worden: 1. de interne structuur van de eindproducten zijn identiek aan die van de beginproducten. We spreken dan van een elastische botsing. 2. e en van de deeltjes of beiden worden in een aangeslagen toestand ge- bracht (of ge¨oniseerd). Dit zijn processen waarbij de herschikte elek- tronen zich bij de oorspronkelijke kern bevinden. We spreken dan van excitatie of ionisatie. 3. e en of meerdere elektronen bevinden zich bij de andere kern na de botsing (eventueel in aangeslagen toestand). We spreken dan van elek- tronenoverdracht. In het eerste deel van deze dissertatie worden botsingsexperimenten tussen heliumionen en natriumatomen beschreven waarbij het proces van elek- tronenoverdracht wordt onderzocht. Bij dit mechanisme is het buitenste 117?Samenvatting natriumelektron betrokken. Deze kan relatief gemakkelijk `overspringen' naar het heliumion wanneer deze zich dicht in de buurt van het natrium- atoom bevindt. Het elektron kan hierbij een bepaalde (aangeslagen) toe- stand bezetten. Wij meten de bezetting van de heliumtoestanden die onder uitzending van XUV licht ( ? 58 nm) vervallen naar de heliumgrondtoe- stand. Door de lichtintensiteit te meten onderzoeken we de mate van elek- tronenoverdracht naar een selecte groep van singlet helium`eind'toestanden, namelijk He(1s2p), He(1s3s), He(1s3p) en He(1s3d). In een reactie- vergelijking ziet het mechanisme er als volgt uit: He + (1s) + ( Na(3s) Na(3p) e- -! He + Na + -! He(1s 2 ) +h(58 nm) + Na + Het experiment kent een extra dimensie door het feit dat het, in beginsel bol- symmetrische, natriumatoom een bepaalde ruimtelijk uitlijning kan worden meegegeven. Met behulp van laserlicht van een specieke frequentie en po- larisatie, wordt het buitenste natriumelektron in een aangeslagen p toestand gebracht. Het aanslaan naar deze toestand heeft als gevolg dat het valentie- elektron zich op grotere afstand van zijn kern bevindt dan voorheen. Daar- naast kan, afhankelijk van de gebruikte laserpolarisatie, het buitenste elek- tron zich nu rond de natriumkern bewegen volgens een bepaalde anisotrope verdeling, de bolsymmetrie is doorbroken. De eecten van de excitatie en ruimtelijk verdeling van dit natriumelektron op het proces van elektronen- overdracht zijn onderzocht voor botsingsenergie¨en vari¨erend van 0.5 keV tot 6.0 keV. De metingen laten zien dat het eect van laserexcitatie een bezettingstoe- name van de beschouwde singlet heliumtoestanden betekent, ongeacht de uitlijning van het natrium 3p elektron. Dit is simpelweg te begrijpen uit het feit dat het 3p natrium elektron minder sterk gebonden is en elektro- nenoverdracht makkelijker gaat. Daarnaast is de uitlijning van het aanges- lagen elektron van invloed op de elektronenoverdracht. De resultaten zijn vergeleken met berekeningen van S.E. Nielsen en T.H. Rod [13], die de elek- tronoverdracht beschrijven in een model waarbij het betrokken elektron zich beweegt in bepaalde eectieve potentiaalvelden. De goede overeenkomsten van onze metingen met de berekeningen rechtvaardigen de theoretische be- nadering van Nielsen en Rod. 118?Samenvatting In het tweede gedeelte van het proefschrift worden botsingen beschouwd tussen helium- en neonatomen. Hierbij wordt nu niet gekeken naar bots- ingsproducten die zich manifesteren door bepaald licht uit te zenden, maar een elektron emitteren met een bepaalde energie. Verschillende soorten `eind'producten kunnen elektronen uitzenden, waaronder de negatieve ion- toestanden. Het elektronenspectrum, gemeten voor dit botsingssysteem, vertoont twee pieken die het spectrum domineren bij 16.2 eV en 19.4 eV voor verschillende botsingsenergie¨en tussen de 0.35 keV en 6.0 keV. Deze piekstructuren wijzen op de vorming van de kort-levende, negatieve iontoe- standen Ne-(2p 5 3s 2 ) en He-(1s2s 2 ) ten gevolge van de overdracht van e en elektron: He 0 + Ne 0 -! He-(1s2s 2 ) +Ne + (2p 5 ) 3 10- 14 s -! He 0 (1s 2 ) +Ne + + e- (19.37 eV) He 0 + Ne 0 -! He + (1s) +Ne-(2p 5 3s 2 ) 2:5 10- 13 s -! He + (1s) +Ne 0 (2p 6 ) +e- (16.15 eV) De meetresultaten vertonen een fenomeen waarbij de bezettingen van de negatieve iontoestanden een oscillerend gedrag vertonen als functie van de botsingssnelheid. Dit duidt op interferentie tussen de twee bijna-ontaarde moleculaire toestanden [He- + Ne + ] en[He + + Ne-]. Het is echter zeer op- merkelijk dat deze oscillatie wordt waargenomen in een experiment als deze, waarin de uitgezonden elektronen worden gemeten ongeacht de afbuighoek van het heliumatoom. Dit impliceert een speciek aanslagmechanisme van de moleculaire negatieve iontoestanden. Nader beschouwing van het bots- ingssysteem laat zien dat het instantane molecuul twee overgangen moet ondergaan voordat de negatieve iontoestanden gevormd worden. Als gevolg hiervan is de snelheid waarmee het negatieve en positieve ion uit elkaar be- wegen nagenoeg onafhankelijk van de afbuighoek van het helium projectiel en is oscillatie mogelijk waarneembaar. De wisselwerking tussen de twee beschouwde moleculaire toestanden impliceert gecorreleerde overdracht van twee elektronen: He- + Ne + 2e- ! He + + Ne- Door het quasi-resonante systeem als resonant te beschouwen kan het fenomeen kwalitatief goed verklaard worden. 119?Samenvatting Inhet laatstedeelwordt de bevolkingvanauto¨oniserende natriumtoestanden bekeken in He +=0 + Na botsingen. In tegenstelling tot de voorgaande exper- imenten waarin elektronenoverdracht beschouwd werd, betreft het hier een excitatiemechanisme. De beschouwde `eind'producten, i.e. de auto¨oniserende natriumtoestanden, bestaan in het algemeen kort en gaan over naar een stabiele iontoestand onder uitzending van een elektron met een toestands- karakteristieke kinetische energie. Door de elektronenspectra te meten bij verschillende botsingsenergie¨en, wordt de bezetting van de auto¨oniserende toestanden onderzocht. Ook hier wordt het eect van laserexcitatie en laser- polarisatie van het natriumatoom op de vorming van deze toestanden, en de mate waarin, bekeken. De metingen laten zien dat zowel in He + -Na als in He 0 -Na botsingen de invloed van de ruimtelijk uitlijning van het buitenste natriumelektron op de elektronenspectra nihil is. Dit impliceert dat het betrokken 3p elektron hoofdzakelijk een passieve rol speelt in de vorming van auto¨oniserende toe- standen: het blijft hoofdzakelijk de 3p toestand bezetten als een `toeschouwer' zonder een overgang te maken naar een andere toestand. Dit wordt boven- dien bevestigd door het feit dat wanneer een fractie natriumatomen aange- slagen wordt naar de p toestand dit een even grote reductie betekent van onder meer de populatie van de auto¨oniserende toestand Na(2p 5 3s 2 ). De verwachte grote toename van Na(2p 5 3p 2 ) toestanden, in geval van Na(3p) doelwitten, is niet waargenomen. 120?121?122

  2. Hook spectroscopy as an atomic number density diagnostic applied to laser-ablated copper plasmas

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    Zerkle, D.K.; Sappey, A.D.; Gamble, T.K.

    1993-11-01

    Hook spectroscopy has been used to determine the absolute number density of ground state copper atoms in laser-ablated plasma plumes. An ablation laser power flux of {approximately} 1.5 GW/cm{sup 2} is applied to a solid copper target in a background gas, producing a plasma plume suitable for studying homogeneous copper vapor condensation. Density is measured at post-ablation time delays ranging from 10 {mu}s to 3 ms with 25 torr of argon as the background gas. Planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLEF) images containing relative density information are used in conjunction with the hook spectra to resolve spatially the absolute density within the plume. Copper atom densities thus measured ranged from 1.9 {times} 10{sup 15} cm{sup {minus}3} at a delay of 10 {mu}s to 2.7 {times} 10{sup 13} cm{sup {minus}3} at 3 ms delay in 25 torr of argon The decrease in density is due to the condensation of copper vapor to form fine particulate. As a combustion diagnostic, the hook method may prove extremely useful for the determination of metal impurity density in coal fired flames as well as a single -- shot OH density and temperature diagnostic.

  3. Effects of laser linewidth on an effective method for excitation in three-level atomic systems by two optimally detuned counterpropagating pulsed lasers

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    Gupta, G. P.; Suri, B. M.

    2008-02-15

    Population transfer in three-level atomic systems with high efficiency and selectivity is desirable for practical applications in laser spectroscopy, trace analysis, and isotope separation. The effective excitation method for achieving this population transfer in three-level atomic systems using coherent two-photon excitation with two optimally detuned counterpropagating pulsed lasers, initially investigated analytically assuming monochromatic lasers and Doppler-free systems, is studied numerically by solving the density matrix equations incorporating finite laser linewidth and effective Doppler width. A three-level Yb system is chosen for illustration of numerical results. The effects of laser linewidth and effective Doppler width on the values of optimal detunings and maximum third-level population are discussed.

  4. Qualitative tissue differentiation by analysing the intensity ratios of atomic emission lines using laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS): prospects for a feedback mechanism for surgical laser systems.

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    Kanawade, Rajesh; Mahari, Fanuel; Klämpfl, Florian; Rohde, Maximilian; Knipfer, Christian; Tangermann-Gerk, Katja; Adler, Werner; Schmidt, Michael; Stelzle, Florian

    2015-01-01

    The research work presented in this paper focuses on qualitative tissue differentiation by monitoring the intensity ratios of atomic emissions using 'Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy' (LIBS) on the plasma plume created during laser tissue ablation. The background of this study is to establish a real time feedback control mechanism for clinical laser surgery systems during the laser ablation process. Ex-vivo domestic pig tissue samples (muscle, fat, nerve and skin) were used in this experiment. Atomic emission intensity ratios were analyzed to find a characteristic spectral line for each tissue. The results showed characteristic elemental emission intensity ratios for the respective tissues. The spectral lines and intensity ratios of these specific elements varied among the different tissue types. The main goal of this study is to qualitatively and precisely identify different tissue types for tissue specific laser surgery. PMID:24376030

  5. Transport of laser emission with broadband spectrum in optically dense atomic medium under the coherent population trapping

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    Barantsev, K. A.; Litvinov, A. N.; Popov, E. N.

    2016-03-01

    The paper presents a theory describing the formation of the coherent population trapping resonance for the finite laser bandwidth in an optically-dense medium of atoms inside a buffer gas cell. The equations of the atomic density matrix are established, as well as the transfer equations of laser emission spectrum inside a cell with working and buffer gas at a determined temperature. The dependence of the quality of the coherent population trapping resonance on the laser bandwidth has been studied in the case of detecting the signal of the transmitted emission and the fluorescence signal.

  6. Relativistic effects in laser-atom interactions at ultra-high intensities

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    Kylstra, N. J.; Ermolaev, A. E.; Joachain, C. J.

    1998-02-01

    We discuss some of the results of our investigations of relativistic effects in laser-atom interactions at ultra-high intensities. We have solved numerically the time-dependent Dirac equation for a model, one-dimensional atom which is subjected to an ultra-intense, high-frequency laser field. Our method of computation consists of utilizing a B-spline expansion for the wavefunction in momentum space. We demonstrate that for a peak electric field strength of 175 atomic units (a.u.) and for an angular frequency of 1 a.u., relativistic effects are apparent. Even under these extreme conditions the wavefunction remains localized in a superposition of field-free bound states and very-low energy continuum states. Comparing our results with the numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation, we find that the Dirac wavefunction is slightly more stable against ionization. It is shown that the relativistic quiver motion of the electron wavepacket differs substantially from the nonrelativistic quiver motion and that the energy distribution of the ionized electrons is strongly concentrated near threshold.

  7. Comparative study on atomic and molecular Rydberg-state excitation in strong infrared laser fields

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    Lv, Hang; Zuo, Wanlong; Zhao, Lei; Xu, Haifeng; Jin, Mingxing; Ding, Dajun; Hu, Shilin; Chen, Jing

    2016-03-01

    Rydberg-state excitation of atoms in strong infrared laser fields provides a new complementary aspect of the perspective of atom-strong field interactions. In this article, we perform an experimental and theoretical study on the corresponding process of diatomic molecules, N2 and O2. We show that neutral molecules can also survive strong 800-nm laser fields in high Rydberg states, while their behavior is remarkably different in comparison with their companion atoms, Ar and Xe. The Rydberg excitation of N2 generally behaves similarly to Ar, while that of O2 is more significantly suppressed than the ionization compared to Xe in a high intensity region, which can be understood in the frame of a semiclassical picture, together with their different structures of molecular orbitals. However, distinct quantum features in the Rydberg excitation processes that are apparently beyond the semiclassical picture have been identified, i.e., the less suppressed probability of O2 at low intensity and the oscillation behavior of the ratio between N2 and Ar, indicating that our understanding of the relevant physics is still far from complete.

  8. Nonlinear spectroscopy of Sr atoms in an optical cavity for laser stabilization

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    Christensen, Bjarke T. R.; Henriksen, Martin R.; Schffer, Stefan A.; Westergaard, Philip G.; Tieri, David; Ye, Jun; Holland, Murray J.; Thomsen, Jan W.

    2015-11-01

    We study the nonlinear interaction of a cold sample of 88Sr atoms coupled to a single mode of a low finesse optical cavity in the so-called bad cavity limit, and we investigate the implications for applications to laser stabilization. The atoms are probed on the weak intercombination line |5 s21S0>-|5 s 5 p 3P1> at 689 nm in a strongly saturated regime. Our measured observables include the atomic induced phase shift and absorption of the light field transmitted through the cavity represented by the complex cavity transmission coefficient. We demonstrate high signal-to-noise-ratio measurements of both quadraturesthe cavity transmitted phase and absorptionby employing frequency modulation (FM) spectroscopy (noise-immune cavity-enhanced optical-heterodyne molecular spectroscopy). We also show that when FM spectroscopy is employed in connection with a cavity locked to the probe light, observables are substantially modified compared to the free-space situation in which no cavity is present. Furthermore, the nonlinear dynamics of the phase dispersion slope is experimentally investigated, and the optimal conditions for laser stabilization are established. Our experimental results are compared to state-of-the-art cavity QED theoretical calculations.

  9. Optical field ionization of atoms and ions using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Fittinghoff, D.N.

    1993-12-01

    This dissertation research is an investigation of the strong optical field ionization of atoms and ions by 120-fs, 614-run laser pulses and 130-fs, 800-nm laser pulses. The experiments have shown ionization that is enhanced above the predictions of sequential tunneling models for He{sup +2}, Ne{sup +2} and Ar{sup +2}. The ion yields for He{sup +l}, Ne{sup +l} and Ar{sup +l} agree well with the theoretical predictions of optical tunneling models. Investigation of the polarization dependence of the ionization indicates that the enhancements are consistent with a nonsequential ionization mechanism in which the linearly polarized field drives the electron wavefunction back toward the ion core and causes double ionization through inelastic e-2e scattering. These investigations have initiated a number of other studies by other groups and are of current scientific interest in the fields of high-irradiance laser-matter interactions and production of high-density plasmas. This work involved: (1) Understanding the characteristic nature of the ion yields produced by tunneling ionization through investigation of analytic solutions for tunneling at optical frequencies. (2) Extensive characterization of the pulses produced by 614-nm and 800-ran ultrashort pulse lasers. Absolute calibration of the irradiance scale produced shows the practicality of the inverse problem--measuring peak laser irradiance using ion yields. (3) Measuring the ion yields for three noble gases using linear, circular and elliptical polarizations of laser pulses at 614-nm and 800-nm. The measurements are some of the first measurements for pulse widths as low as 120-fs.

  10. Influence of instrument conditions on the evaporation behavior of uranium dioxide with UV laser-assisted atom probe tomography

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    Valderrama, B.; Henderson, H. B.; Gan, J.; Manuel, M. V.

    2015-04-01

    Atom probe tomography (APT) provides the ability to detect subnanometer chemical variations spatially, with high accuracy. However, it is known that compositional accuracy can be affected by experimental conditions. A study of the effect of laser energy, specimen base temperature, and detection rate is performed on the evaporation behavior of uranium dioxide (UO2). In laser-assisted mode, tip geometry and standing voltage also contribute to the evaporation behavior. In this investigation, it was determined that modifying the detection rate and temperature did not affect the evaporation behavior as significantly as laser energy. It was also determined that three laser evaporation regimes are present in UO2. Very low laser energy produces a behavior similar to DC-field evaporation, moderate laser energy produces the desired laser-assisted field evaporation characteristic and high laser energy induces thermal effects, negatively altering the evaporation behavior. The need for UO2 to be analyzed under moderate laser energies to produce accurate stoichiometry distinguishes it from other oxides. The following experimental conditions providing the best combination of mass resolving power, accurate stoichiometry, and uniform evaporation behavior: 50 K, 10 pJ laser energy, a detection rate of 0.003 atoms per pulse, and a 100 kHz repetition rate.

  11. Influence of instrument conditions on the evaporation behavior of uranium dioxide with UV laser-assisted atom probe tomography

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    Valderrama, B.; Henderson, H.B.; Gan, J.; Manuel, M.V.

    2015-04-01

    Atom probe tomography (APT) provides the ability to detect subnanometer chemical variations spatially, with high accuracy. However, it is known that compositional accuracy can be affected by experimental conditions. A study of the effect of laser energy, specimen base temperature, and detection rate is performed on the evaporation behavior of uranium dioxide (UO2). In laser-assisted mode, tip geometry and standing voltage also contribute to the evaporation behavior. In this investigation, it was determined that modifying the detection rate and temperature did not affect the evaporation behavior as significantly as laser energy. It was also determined that three laser evaporation regimes are present in UO2. Very low laser energy produces a behavior similar to DC-field evaporation, moderate laser energy produces the desired laser-assisted field evaporation characteristic and high laser energy induces thermal effects, negatively altering the evaporation behavior. The need for UO2 to be analyzed under moderate laser energies to produce accurate stoichiometry distinguishes it from other oxides. The following experimental conditions providing the best combination of mass resolving power, accurate stoichiometry, and uniform evaporation behavior: 50 K, 10 pJ laser energy, a detection rate of 0.003 atoms per pulse, and a 100 kHz repetition rate.

  12. Arc Jet Flow Properties Determined from Laser-Induced Fluorescence of Atomic Nitrogen

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    Fletcher, Douglas; Wercinski, Paul F. (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    An laser-spectroscopic investigation of the thermocheMical state of arcjet flows is currently being conducted in the Aerodynamic Heating Facility (AHF) Circlet at NASA Ames Research Center. Downstream of the nozzle exit, but upstream of the test article, Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF) of atomic nitrogen is used to assess the nonequilibriuM distribution of flow enthalpy in the free stream. The two-photon LIF technique provides simultaneous measurements of free stream velocity, translational temperature, and nitrogen number density on the flow centerline. Along with information from facility instrumentation, these measurements allow a determination of the free stream total enthalpy, and its apportionment in to thermal, kinetic, and chemical mode contributions. Experimental results are presented and discussed for two different niti-ogen/argon test gas flow runs during which the current is varied while the pressure remains constant .

  13. Generation of neutral atomic beams utilizing photodetachment by high power diode laser stacks

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    O'Connor, A. P.; Grussie, F.; Bruhns, H.; de Ruette, N.; Koenning, T. P.; Miller, K. A.; Savin, D. W.; Stützel, J.; Urbain, X.; Kreckel, H.

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate the use of high power diode laser stacks to photodetach fast hydrogen and carbon anions and produce ground term neutral atomic beams. We achieve photodetachment efficiencies of ˜7.4% for H- at a beam energy of 10 keV and ˜3.7% for C- at 28 keV. The diode laser systems used here operate at 975 nm and 808 nm, respectively, and provide high continuous power levels of up to 2 kW, without the need of additional enhancements like optical cavities. The alignment of the beams is straightforward and operation at constant power levels is very stable, while maintenance is minimal. We present a dedicated photodetachment setup that is suitable to efficiently neutralize the majority of stable negative ions in the periodic table.

  14. Relativistic electronic dressing in laser-assisted ionization of atomic hydrogen by electron impact

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    Attaourti, Y.; Taj, S.

    2004-06-01

    Within the framework of the coplanar binary geometry where it is justified to use plane wave solutions for the study of the (e,2e) reaction and in the presence of a circularly polarized laser field, we introduce as a first step the Dirac-Volkov plane wave Born approximation 1 where we take into account only the relativistic dressing of the incident and scattered electrons. Then, we introduce the Dirac-Volkov plane wave Born approximation 2 where we take totally into account the relativistic dressing of the incident, scattered, and ejected electrons. We then compare the corresponding triple differential cross sections for laser-assisted ionization of atomic hydrogen by electron impact both for the nonrelativistic and the relativistic regime.

  15. Generation of neutral atomic beams utilizing photodetachment by high power diode laser stacks.

    PubMed

    O'Connor, A P; Grussie, F; Bruhns, H; de Ruette, N; Koenning, T P; Miller, K A; Savin, D W; Stützel, J; Urbain, X; Kreckel, H

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate the use of high power diode laser stacks to photodetach fast hydrogen and carbon anions and produce ground term neutral atomic beams. We achieve photodetachment efficiencies of ∼7.4% for H(-) at a beam energy of 10 keV and ∼3.7% for C(-) at 28 keV. The diode laser systems used here operate at 975 nm and 808 nm, respectively, and provide high continuous power levels of up to 2 kW, without the need of additional enhancements like optical cavities. The alignment of the beams is straightforward and operation at constant power levels is very stable, while maintenance is minimal. We present a dedicated photodetachment setup that is suitable to efficiently neutralize the majority of stable negative ions in the periodic table. PMID:26628128

  16. Laser-ranging long-baseline differential atom interferometers for space

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    Chiow, Sheng-wey; Williams, Jason; Yu, Nan

    2015-12-01

    High-sensitivity differential atom interferometers (AIs) are promising for precision measurements in science frontiers in space, including gravity-field mapping for Earth science studies and gravitational wave detection. Difficulties associated with implementing long-baseline differential AIs have previously included the need for a high optical power, large differential Doppler shifts, and narrow dynamic range. We propose a configuration of twin AIs connected by a laser-ranging interferometer (LRI-AI) to provide precise information of the displacements between the two AI reference mirrors and also to phase-lock the two independent interferometer lasers over long distances, thereby drastically improving the practical feasibility of long-baseline differential AI measurements. We show that a properly implemented LRI-AI can achieve equivalent functionality to the conventional differential AI measurement configuration.

  17. High power DFB lasers for D1 and D2 rubidium absorption spectroscopy and atomic clocks

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    Klehr, A.; Wenzel, H.; Brox, O.; Bugge, F.; Erbert, G.; Nguyen, T.-P.; Tränkle, G.

    2009-02-01

    Distributed feedback ridge-waveguide lasers have been developed. The distributed feedback is provided by a second order grating, formed into an InGaP/GaAsP/InGaP multilayer structure. A threshold current of 40 mA and a differential quantum efficiency of 0.8 W/A is achieved. The lasers emit up to 200 mW in a single lateral and longitudinal mode around 794.7 nm and 780.0 nm. These wavelength regions are of particular interest for applications in absorption spectroscopy of the rubidium D1 and D2 lines and atomic clocks. These applications require a stable lasing wavelength with small spectral line width and possibility of a fine tuning. By changing the output power with current and / or the heatsink temperature the wavelength can be tuned to reveal the hyperfine structure of the rubidium lines. This was verified by passing the laser emission through a 80 mm long rubidium cell and measuring the transmitted power versus current and temperature. It is shown, that a hyperfine structure measurement of the rubidium lines can be performed in a less than 9 μs. Due to the large side mode suppression ratio of >45 dB and the small spectral line width of ~ 200 kHz these lasers are ideally suited for absorption spectroscopy

  18. Discharge formation systems for generating atomic iodine in a pulse-periodic oxygen–iodine laser

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    Aksinin, V I; Kazantsev, S Yu; Kononov, I G; Podlesnykh, S V; Firsov, K N; Antsiferov, S A; Velikanov, S D; Gerasimov, A Yu; Gostev, I V; Kalinovskii, V V; Konovalov, V V; Mikhalkin, V N; Sevryugin, I V

    2014-01-31

    Generation characteristics of a pulse-periodic oxygen–iodine laser with the electro-discharge production of atomic iodine were compared with inductively stabilised edged or anisotropic- resistive cathodes used for ignition of the volume discharge. The discharge was initiated by the radiation of a barrier discharge from the side of a grid anode. It was found that at equal specific electrical energy depositions to the gas-discharge plasma, the system with the anisotropic-resistive cathode provides a more stable and uniform volume discharge with the possibility of varying the composition and pressure of working mixtures over a wide range and a greater specific extraction of laser energy is observed (up to 2.4 J L{sup -1}). At a high pulse repetition rate of laser pulses (50 – 100 Hz) and long duration of the pulse trains (longer than a minute) the surface of anisotropic-resistive cathode became eroded. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  19. Multiphoton effects in laser-assisted ionization of a helium atom by electron impact

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    Ghosh Deb, S.; Sinha, C.

    2010-11-01

    The dynamics of the electron impact multiphoton ionization of a He atom in the presence of an intense laser field ( n γ _e, 2 e) is studied theoretically for laser polarization (\\vert\\vert^l) and perpendicular (bot^r) to the incident momentum. The triple differential (TDCS) as well as the double differential (DDCS) cross sections are studied for the coplanar asymmetric geometry. The results are compared with the only available kinematically complete experiment at high incident energy (1000 eV). Significant laser modification (enhancement) is noted due to multiphoton effects in the present binary and recoil peak intensities of the TDCS for both the geometries, in qualitative agreement with the experiment. In the single photon case, the net effect of the laser field is to suppress the field free (FF) TDCS as well as the DDCS in the zeroth order approximation of the ejected electron wave function (CV), while in the first order (MCV), the cross sections are found to be enhanced. The CV multiphoton cross sections obey the famous Kroll Watson (KW) sum rule while the latter does not hold good in the corresponding MCV approximation.

  20. The halogen atom/metal trimer CW laser-engineering concept overview

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    Emanuel, G.; Jacobs, T. A.

    1992-07-01

    A halogen atom/metal vapor laser is discussed in terms of CW power and performance. Fluorine and sodium represent surrogates for the halogen and metal species; other combinations are possible. Since lasing may occur from a variety of excited electronic states, operation is expected to be broadly dispersed over the visible and near UV wavelength regions. The device is a low pressure, supersonic mixing laser that resembles the HF/DF CW laser, e.g., separate plenums are utilized for the fluorine and sodium vapors, and each plenum feeds a nozzle array. Sodium trimer formation begins in the nozzle and continues inside the laser cavity. The design of this nozzle is particularly important; the concept of controlled condensation is introduced. Downstream of the nozzle bank, the two vapor streams mix and the F-Na3 reaction pumps several electronically excited states that have gain in the blue-green region. Estimates are given for power per unit mass flow rate and power per unit nozzle bank cross-sectional area.

  1. Atomic inner-shell laser at 1.5-ångström wavelength pumped by an X-ray free-electron laser.

    PubMed

    Yoneda, Hitoki; Inubushi, Yuichi; Nagamine, Kazunori; Michine, Yurina; Ohashi, Haruhiko; Yumoto, Hirokatsu; Yamauchi, Kazuto; Mimura, Hidekazu; Kitamura, Hikaru; Katayama, Tetsuo; Ishikawa, Tetsuya; Yabashi, Makina

    2015-08-27

    Since the invention of the first lasers in the visible-light region, research has aimed to produce short-wavelength lasers that generate coherent X-rays; the shorter the wavelength, the better the imaging resolution of the laser and the shorter the pulse duration, leading to better temporal resolution in probe measurements. Recently, free-electron lasers based on self-amplified spontaneous emission have made it possible to generate a hard-X-ray laser (that is, the photon energy is of the order of ten kiloelectronvolts) in an ångström-wavelength regime, enabling advances in fields from ultrafast X-ray spectrosopy to X-ray quantum optics. An atomic laser based on neon atoms and pumped by a soft-X-ray (that is, a photon energy of less than one kiloelectronvolt) free-electron laser has been achieved at a wavelength of 14 nanometres. Here, we use a copper target and report a hard-X-ray inner-shell atomic laser operating at a wavelength of 1.5 ångströms. X-ray free-electron laser pulses with an intensity of about 10(19) watts per square centimetre tuned to the copper K-absorption edge produced sufficient population inversion to generate strong amplified spontaneous emission on the copper Kα lines. Furthermore, we operated the X-ray free-electron laser source in a two-colour mode, with one colour tuned for pumping and the other for the seed (starting) light for the laser. PMID:26310765

  2. Atomic inner-shell laser at 1.5-ångström wavelength pumped by an X-ray free-electron laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yoneda, Hitoki; Inubushi, Yuichi; Nagamine, Kazunori; Michine, Yurina; Ohashi, Haruhiko; Yumoto, Hirokatsu; Yamauchi, Kazuto; Mimura, Hidekazu; Kitamura, Hikaru; Katayama, Tetsuo; Ishikawa, Tetsuya; Yabashi, Makina

    2015-08-01

    Since the invention of the first lasers in the visible-light region, research has aimed to produce short-wavelength lasers that generate coherent X-rays; the shorter the wavelength, the better the imaging resolution of the laser and the shorter the pulse duration, leading to better temporal resolution in probe measurements. Recently, free-electron lasers based on self-amplified spontaneous emission have made it possible to generate a hard-X-ray laser (that is, the photon energy is of the order of ten kiloelectronvolts) in an ångström-wavelength regime, enabling advances in fields from ultrafast X-ray spectrosopy to X-ray quantum optics. An atomic laser based on neon atoms and pumped by a soft-X-ray (that is, a photon energy of less than one kiloelectronvolt) free-electron laser has been achieved at a wavelength of 14 nanometres. Here, we use a copper target and report a hard-X-ray inner-shell atomic laser operating at a wavelength of 1.5 ångströms. X-ray free-electron laser pulses with an intensity of about 1019 watts per square centimetre tuned to the copper K-absorption edge produced sufficient population inversion to generate strong amplified spontaneous emission on the copper Kα lines. Furthermore, we operated the X-ray free-electron laser source in a two-colour mode, with one colour tuned for pumping and the other for the seed (starting) light for the laser.

  3. Atomic Oxygen Sensors Based on Nanograin ZnO Films Prepared by Pulse Laser Deposition

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    Wang Yunfei; Chen Xuekang; Li Zhonghua; Zheng Kuohai; Wang Lanxi; Feng Zhanzu; Yang Shengsheng

    2009-01-05

    High-quality nanograin ZnO thin films were deposited on c-plane sapphire (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) substrates by pulse laser deposition (PLD). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the samples. The structural and morphological properties of ZnO films under different deposition temperature have been investigated before and after atomic oxygen (AO) treatment. XRD has shown that the intensity of the (0 0 2) peak increases and its FWHM value decreases after AO treatment. The AO sensing characteristics of nano ZnO film also has been investigated in a ground-based atomic oxygen simulation facility. The results show that the electrical conductivity of nanograin ZnO films decreases with increasing AO fluence and that the conductivity of the films can be recovered by heating.

  4. Arcjet flow properties determined from laser-induced fluorescence of atomic nitrogen.

    PubMed

    Fletcher, D G

    1999-03-20

    Flow property measurements that were recently acquired in the Ames Research Center Aerodynamic Heating Facility arcjet using two-photon laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) of atomic nitrogen (N) are reported. The flow properties, which include velocity, translational temperature, and N concentration, were measured simultaneously over a range of facility operating conditions for N(2)-argon test gas flows in the 30-cm-diameter nozzle. A recent measurement of the two-photon excitation cross section for the 3p(4)D degrees <-- 2p(4)S degrees transition of atomic nitrogen is used to convert the relative nitrogen concentration measurements to absolute values, and a nitrogen flow reactor is used to provide a room-temperature, reference-wavelength calibration of the translational temperature and velocity measurements. When combined with information from facility measurements, an analysis of the flow properties obtained using two-photon LIF of N yields the total free-stream flow enthalpy. PMID:18305816

  5. Laser sampling system for an inductively-coupled atomic emission spectrometer. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    1998-02-15

    A laser sampling system was attached to a Perkin Elmer Optima 3000 inductively-coupled plasma, atomic emission spectrometer that was already installed and operating in the Chemistry and Geochemistry Department at the Colorado School of Mines. The use of the spectrometer has been highly successful. Graduate students and faculty from at least four different departments across the CSM campus have used the instrument. The final report to NSF is appended to this final report. Appendices are included which summarize several projects utilizing this instrument: acquisition of an inductively-coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer for the geochemistry program; hydrogen damage susceptibility assessment for high strength steel weldments through advanced hydrogen content analysis, 1996 and 1997 annual reports; and methods for determination of hydrogen distribution in high strength steel welds.

  6. Comparison of Gaussian and super Gaussian laser beams for addressing atomic qubits

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gillen-Christandl, Katharina; Gillen, Glen D.; Piotrowicz, M. J.; Saffman, M.

    2016-05-01

    We study the fidelity of single-qubit quantum gates performed with two-frequency laser fields that have a Gaussian or super Gaussian spatial mode. Numerical simulations are used to account for imperfections arising from atomic motion in an optical trap, spatially varying Stark shifts of the trapping and control beams, and transverse and axial misalignment of the control beams. Numerical results that account for the three-dimensional distribution of control light show that a super Gaussian mode with intensity I˜ e^{-2(r/w_0)^n} provides reduced sensitivity to atomic motion and beam misalignment. Choosing a super Gaussian with n=6 the decay time of finite temperature Rabi oscillations can be increased by a factor of 60 compared to an n=2 Gaussian beam, while reducing crosstalk to neighboring qubit sites.

  7. General approach to few-cycle intense laser interactions with complex atoms

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    Guan Xiaoxu; Zatsarinny, O.; Bartschat, K.; Schneider, B. I.; Feist, J.; Noble, C. J.

    2007-11-15

    A general ab initio and nonperturbative method to solve the time-dependent Schroedinger equation (TDSE) for the interaction of a strong attosecond laser pulse with a general atom, i.e., beyond the models of quasi-one-electron or quasi-two-electron targets, is described. The field-free Hamiltonian and the dipole matrices are generated using a flexible B-spline R-matrix method. This numerical implementation enables us to construct term-dependent, nonorthogonal sets of one-electron orbitals for the bound and continuum electrons. The solution of the TDSE is propagated in time using the Arnoldi-Lanczos method, which does not require the diagonalization of any large matrices. The method is illustrated by an application to the multiphoton excitation and ionization of Ne atoms. Good agreement with R-matrix Floquet calculations for the generalized cross sections for two-photon ionization is achieved.

  8. Kinetics of multiple ionization of rare-gas atoms in a circularly polarized laser field

    SciTech Connect

    Kornev, Alexey S.; Tulenko, Elena B.; Zon, Boris A.

    2003-10-01

    The multielectron tunneling ionization probabilities have been calculated for Ar and Kr atoms in circularly polarized laser fields with the pulse durations of 50 fs and 5 fs. The channels of sequential, nonsequential ionization, and ionization with ionic core excitation (inelastic tunneling) have been taken into account. The calculated results demonstrate that many-body effects in tunneling, connected mostly with ionic core excitation, are very important for creation of Ar{sup 4+}, Ar{sup 5+}, Kr{sup 4+}, and Kr{sup 5+} ions.

  9. Phase-space analysis for ionization processes in the laser-atom interaction using Gabor transformation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shu, X. F.; Liu, S. B.; Song, H. Y.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, the ionization processes during laser-atom interaction are investigated in phase-space using Gabor transformation. Based on the time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE), the depletion of the whole system caused by the mask function is taken into consideration in calculating the plasma density. We obtain the momentum distribution via the Gabor transformation of the escaping portions of the time-dependent wave packet at the detector-like points on the interior boundaries from which the kinetic energies carried by the escaping portions are calculated.

  10. Refraction and absorption of x rays by laser-dressed atoms.

    SciTech Connect

    Buth, C.; Santra, R.; Young, L.

    2010-06-01

    X-ray refraction and absorption by neon atoms under the influence of an 800 nm laser with an intensity of 10{sup 13} W/cm{sup 2} is investigated. For this purpose, we use an ab initio theory suitable for optical strong-field problems. Its results are interpreted in terms of a three-level model. On the Ne 1s {yields} 3p resonance, we find electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) for x rays. Our work opens novel perspectives for ultrafast x-ray pulse shaping.

  11. Selective production of atomic oxygen by laser photolysis as a tool for studying the effect of atomic oxygen in plasma medicine

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ono, Ryo; Tokumitsu, Yusuke

    2015-06-01

    We propose a method for selectively producing O atoms by the laser photolysis of O3 as a tool for studying the therapeutic effect of O atoms in plasma medicine. A KrF excimer laser (248 nm) irradiates an O3 /He mixture flowing in a quartz tube to photodissociate O3 , which leads to the production of O atoms. The effluent from the quartz tube nozzle can be applied to a target (cells, bacteria, or an affected part). Simulations show that 500 ppm O atoms can be continuously supplied to a target surface at a distance of 3 mm from the quartz tube nozzle if an O3 (2000 ppm)/He mixture is used. The effluent contains only O, O3 , and O_2({{a}1}{Δg}) , and does not contain other types of reactive species in contrast to a plasma. Therefore, it can be used to examine the therapeutic effects of O atoms in isolation. Part of the simulation results are experimentally verified by irradiating an O3 /He mixture with a KrF excimer laser.

  12. Progress towards an electron electric dipole moment measurement with laser-cooled atoms

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Solmeyer, Neal

    This dissertation recounts the progress made towards a measurement of the electron electric dipole moment. The existence of a permanent electric dipole moment of any fundamental particle would imply that both time reversal and parity invariance are violated. If an electric dipole moment were measured within current experimental limits it would be the first direct evidence for physics beyond the standard model. For our measurement we use laser-cooled alkali atoms trapped in a pair of 1D optical lattices. The lattices run through three electric field plates so that the two groups of atoms see opposing electric fields. The measurement chamber is surrounded by a four layer mu-metal magnetic shield. Under electric field quantization, the atoms are prepared in a superposition of magnetic sublevels that is sensitive to the electron electric dipole moment in Ramsey-like spectroscopy. The experiment requires very large electric fields and very small magnetic fields. Engineering a system compatible with both of these goals simultaneously is not trivial. Searches for electric dipole moments using neutral atoms in optical lattices have much longer possible interaction times and potentially give more precise information about the inherent symmetry breaking than other methods. This comes at the cost of a higher sensitivity to magnetic fields and possible sources of error associated with the trapping light. If noise and systematic errors can be controlled to our design specifications our experiment will significantly improve the current experimental limit of the electron electric dipole moment.

  13. Quantum control of multilevel atoms with rotational degeneracy using short laser pulses

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    Demeter, G.

    2010-10-15

    We study the quantum control of multilevel atoms with rotationally degenerate levels using short laser pulses. Various control schemes are considered, ones using {pi} pulses, frequency-chirped pulses, two consecutive pulses, or two pulses that overlap each other partially. We study the possibilities of controlling the quantum state of an ensemble of atoms distributed randomly over one or more rotationally degenerate levels initially. For the sake of concreteness we use the hyperfine level scheme of the {sup 85}Rb D line, but the results can easily be generalized for any of the alkali-metal atoms used in cooling and trapping experiments. We find that even though a number of difficulties arise, such as unequal coupling constants between rotational sublevels or dephasing between different hyperfine levels during the interaction, control schemes using simple or multiphoton adiabatic passage can be used to control the internal states of the atoms effectively as well as the center-of-mass motion. Furthermore, it is shown that in some cases it is possible to exploit the inequality of the coupling constants to entangle the rotational substates with specific distinct translational quantum states and hence separate these substates in momentum space.

  14. Sensitized and heavy atom induced production of acenaphthylene triplet: A laser flash photolysis study

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    Samanta, A.; Fessenden, R.W. )

    1989-07-27

    The triplet state of acenaphthylene has been examined by nanosecond laser flash photolysis using sensitization and heavy atom perturbation techniques. Although acenaphthylene does not form any observable triplet upon direct flash excitation, a transient with microsecond lifetime ({lambda}{sub max} = 315 nm) is observable when a solution of the sample is excited by sensitizers (benzophenone, thioxanthone, benzil). This transient is ascribed to the triplet of acenaphthylene on the basis of its quenching behavior toward oxygen, ferrocene, azulene, and {beta}-carotene. Quantitative data concerning the triplet-triplet absorption and quenching constants are presented. The triplet energy is estimated to lie between 46 and 47 kcal/mol. The triplet can also be produced by direct excitation in solvents containing heavy atoms (ethyl bromide, ethyl iodide). The triplet yield is found to increase with an increase of the amount of the heavy atom containing solvent. No saturation limit is obtained. These facts together with the effect of heavy atoms on the T{sub 1} {yields} S{sub 0} process allow the differing behavior of ethyl bromide and ethyl iodide on the photodimerization process of acenaphthylene to be explained. Triplet-state parameters (extinction coefficient and triplet yield) have been estimated in these solvents by the energy-transfer technique and actinometry.

  15. Effects of Laser Energy and Wavelength on the Analysis of LiFePO4 Using Laser Assisted Atom Probe Tomography

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    Santhanagopalan, Dhamodaran; Schreiber, Daniel K.; Perea, Daniel E.; Martens, Rich; Janssen, Yuri; Kalifah, Peter; Meng, Ying S.

    2015-01-21

    The effects of laser wavelength (355 nm and 532 nm) and laser pulse energy on the quantitative accuracy of atom probe tomography (APT) examinations of LiFePO4 (LFP) are considered. A systematic investigation of ultraviolet (UV, 355 nm) and green (532 nm) laser assisted APT of LFP has revealed distinctly different behaviors. With the use of UV laser the major issue was identified as the preferential loss of oxygen (up to 10 at. %) while other elements (Li, Fe and P) were observed to be close to nominal ratios. Lowering the laser energy per pulse to 1 pJ increased the observed oxygen concentration to near its correct stoichiometry and was well correlated with systematically higher concentrations of 16O2+ ions. This observation supports the premise that lower laser energies lead to a higher probability of oxygen molecule ionization. Conversely, at higher laser energies the resultant lower effective electric field reduces the probability of oxygen molecule ionization. Green laser assisted field evaporation led to the selective loss of Li (~50% deficiency) and correct ratios of the remaining elements, including the oxygen concentration. The loss of Li is explained by selective dc evaporation of lithium between laser pulses and relatively negligible oxygen loss as neutrals during green-laser pulsing. Lastly, plotting of multihit events on a Saxey plot for the straight-flight path data (green laser only) revealed a surprising dynamic recombination process for some molecular ions mid-flight.

  16. Laser sustained discharge nozzle apparatus for the production of an intense beam of high kinetic energy atomic species

    DOEpatents

    Cross, J.B.; Cremers, D.A.

    1986-01-10

    Laser sustained discharge apparatus for the production of intense beams of high kinetic energy atomic species is described. A portion of the plasma resulting from a laser sustained continuous optical discharge which generates energetic atomic species from a gaseous source thereof is expanded through a nozzle into a region of low pressure. The expanded plasma contains a significant concentration of the high kinetic energy atomic species which may be used to investigate the interaction of surfaces therewith. In particular, O-atoms having velocities in excess of 3.5 km/s can be generated for the purpose of studying their interaction with materials in order to develop protective materials for spacecraft which are exposed to such energetic O-atoms during operation in low earth orbit.

  17. Laser sustained discharge nozzle apparatus for the production of an intense beam of high kinetic energy atomic species

    DOEpatents

    Cross, Jon B.; Cremers, David A.

    1988-01-01

    Laser sustained discharge apparatus for the production of intense beams of high kinetic energy atomic species. A portion of the plasma resulting from a laser sustained continuous optical discharge which generates energetic atomic species from a gaseous source thereof is expanded through a nozzle into a region of low pressure. The expanded plasma contains a significant concentration of the high kinetic energy atomic species which may be used to investigate the interaction of surfaces therewith. In particular, O-atoms having velocities in excess of 3.5 km/s can be generated for the purpose of studying their interaction with materials in order to develop protective materials for spacecraft which are exposed to such energetic O-atoms during operation in low earth orbit.

  18. Hydrogen atom temperature measured with wavelength-modulated laser absorption spectroscopy in large scale filament arc negative hydrogen ion source

    SciTech Connect

    Nakano, H. Goto, M.; Tsumori, K.; Kisaki, M.; Ikeda, K.; Nagaoka, K.; Osakabe, M.; Takeiri, Y.; Kaneko, O.; Nishiyama, S.; Sasaki, K.

    2015-04-08

    The velocity distribution function of hydrogen atoms is one of the useful parameters to understand particle dynamics from negative hydrogen production to extraction in a negative hydrogen ion source. Hydrogen atom temperature is one of the indicators of the velocity distribution function. To find a feasibility of hydrogen atom temperature measurement in large scale filament arc negative hydrogen ion source for fusion, a model calculation of wavelength-modulated laser absorption spectroscopy of the hydrogen Balmer alpha line was performed. By utilizing a wide range tunable diode laser, we successfully obtained the hydrogen atom temperature of ∼3000 K in the vicinity of the plasma grid electrode. The hydrogen atom temperature increases as well as the arc power, and becomes constant after decreasing with the filling of hydrogen gas pressure.

  19. Optically pumped rare-gas lasers

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    Mikheyev, P. A.

    2015-08-01

    The modern state of the research of a new promising optically pumped laser system with an active medium formed by metastable rare-gas atoms is briefly reviewed. The kinetics of these media is similar to that of laser media based on alkali metal vapour; however, the gas medium is inert. Metastable atoms can be produced in an electric discharge. As in alkali lasers, the specific laser power output under atmospheric pressure can be several hundreds of watts per 1 cm3. The lasing wavelengths lie in the near-IR range and fall in the transparency window of the terrestrial atmosphere. This new concept makes it possible to develop a closed-cycle cw laser with megawatt power levels and high beam quality.

  20. Development of laser-plasma diagnostics using ultrafast atomic-scale dynamics. 96-ERD-046 final report

    SciTech Connect

    Bolton, P.R.; Kulander, K.C.; Boreham, B.W.

    1997-03-01

    Ultrashort laser pulse systems allow examination of intense, ultrafast laser-plasma interactions. More specifically, intense laser irradiation can induce short xuv/x-ray bursts from the surface of condensed phase targets. Ultrafast xuv/x-ray detection is needed to understand laser-plasma interactions in this dynamic regime. Support of the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Program requires this critical understanding. Our effort here has been to extend understanding of atomic-scale dynamics in such environments with the goal of developing next generation ultrafast xuv/x-ray diagnostics where the sensors will be the atoms and ions themselves and the time resolution will approach that of the induced atomic transitions ({approx} a few femtoseconds). Pivotal contributions to the rapidly developing field of highly nonperturbative interactions of ultrashort pulse lasers with atoms/ions have been made at this laboratory. In the visible/infrared wavelength regions the temporal and spectral content of ultrashort laser pulses are now reliably monitored within a single pulse using frequency resolved optical gating (FROG) which is based on rapid nonlinear optical processes such as the Kerr effect. New applications of this basic concept are still being developed. Corresponding detection for the xuv/x-ray wavelengths does not exist and is urgently needed in many laboratory programs. The FROG technique cannot be applied in the xuv/x-ray region. Current x-ray streak camera technology is limited to {approx}0.5 picosecond resolution.

  1. Inverse bremsstrahlung heating rate in atomic clusters irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Moll, M.; Bornath, Th.; Schlanges, M.; Krainov, V. P.

    2012-03-01

    In the interaction of atomic clusters with femtosecond laser pulses, nanoplasmas with high density and high temperature are created. The heating is mainly determined by inverse bremsstrahlung (IB) due to electron-ion collisions. In many approaches for the calculation of the IB heating rate such as the Born approximation, large-angle scattering events are underestimated. However, rescattering events of an electron on the same atomic ion play an important role because they increase the amount of energy exchanged between the electrons and the laser field. In noble gas plasmas, the electron-ion interaction is often considered to take place between point-like particles. For typical noble gas clusters studied in experiments, one is advised to take into account not only the screening by the surrounding plasma medium but also the inner structure of the ions what can be accomplished by the use of appropriate model potentials. In the present paper, the IB heating rate is calculated from the classical simulation of individual electron trajectories. Results are presented for xenon clusters and argon clusters with different degree of ionization. Especially for higher energies, the consideration of the ionic structure increases the heating rate compared with the scattering on point-like particles. The Born approximation, however, overestimates this effect.

  2. Angular distribution of atoms ejected by laser ablation of different metals

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    Konomi, I.; Motohiro, T.; Asaoka, T.

    2009-07-01

    Angular distributions of 13 different metals ejected by laser ablation using fourth harmonics (wavelength=266 nm) of neodymium doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser and a fluence close to near-threshold value (2.3 J/cm{sup 2}) have been investigated with a high angular resolution. The angular distribution which is characterized by the exponent n of cos{sup n} theta distribution showed very broad range of values between 3 and 24 for different metals. A simple relation that the exponent n is proportional to the square root of particle atomic weight as reported previously has not been observed. Instead, a general trend has been found that the metals with higher sublimation energy such as Ta and Zr show narrower angular distribution than those with lower sublimation energy such as Sn and In. While the sublimation energy of metals has a great influence on the angular distribution of ejected atoms, a simple consideration suggests that their thermal conductivity and specific heat have little effect on it.

  3. Direct observation of transient fluorine atoms with 25-[mu]m wavelength-stabilized diode laser absorption

    SciTech Connect

    Loge, G.W.; Nereson, N.; Fry, H.A. )

    1994-05-20

    Through the use of continuous diode laser absorption, detection of transient fluorine atoms with an initial number density in the range of 10[sup 14] cm[sup [minus]3] has been demonstrated. A crucial part of the continuous-detection technique was laser frequency stabilization with a reference cell of atomic fluorine with Zeeman modulation of the absorption lines to generate a feedback signal. Long-term wavelength stability was demonstrated with second-harmonic phase-sensitive detection of the second-derivative signal for periods up to several hours. For determination of the short-term wavelength stability in the range of microseconds to seconds, a transient signal was generated by photolysis of F[sub 2] with an excimer laser at 308 nm. The initial diode laser absorption was compared to a calculated value obtained from the measured excimer laser fluence, the known dissociation cross section of F[sub 2], and the atomic fluorine absorption cross section, which included a statistical population distribution, the finite bandwidth of the laser diode, and the effects of pressure broadening. The observed absorption was approximately 33% less than the calculated value, possibly because of the diode laser's wavelength instability on the time scale of a few seconds, which is consistent with an observed amplitude instability from pulse to pulse when pulsed at 1--10 Hz.

  4. Strong-field atomic ionization in an elliptically polarized laser field and a constant magnetic field

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rylyuk, V. M.

    2016-05-01

    Within the framework of the quasistationary quasienergy state (QQES) formalism, the tunneling and multiphoton ionization of atoms and ions subjected to a perturbation by a high intense laser radiation field of an arbitrary polarization and a constant magnetic field are considered. On the basis of the exact solution of the Schrödinger equation and the Green's function for the electron moving in an arbitrary laser field and crossed constant electric and magnetic fields, the integral equation for the complex quasienergy and the energy spectrum of the ejected electron are derived. Using the "imaginary-time" method, the extremal subbarrier trajectory of the photoelectron moving in a nonstationary laser field and a constant magnetic field are considered. Within the framework of the QQES formalism and the quasiclassical perturbation theory, ionization rates when the Coulomb interaction of the photoelectron with the parent ion is taken into account at arbitrary values of the Keldysh parameter are derived. The high accuracy of rates is confirmed by comparison with the results of numerical calculations. Simple analytical expressions for the ionization rate with the Coulomb correction in the tunneling and multiphoton regimes in the case of an elliptically polarized laser beam propagating at an arbitrary angle to the constant magnetic field are derived and discussed. The limits of small and large magnetic fields and low and high frequency of a laser field are considered in details. It is shown that in the presence of a nonstationary laser field perturbation, the constant magnetic field may either decrease or increase the ionization rate. The analytical consideration and numerical calculations also showed that the difference between the ionization rates for an s electron in the case of right- and left-elliptically polarized laser fields is especially significant in the multiphoton regime for not-too-high magnetic fields and decreases as the magnetic field increases. The paper generalizes the results obtained earlier [V. M. Rylyuk, Phys. Rev. A 86, 013402 (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevA.86.013402].

  5. A new approach to driving and controlling precision lasers for cold-atom science

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Luey, Ben; Shugrue, Jeremy; Anderson, Mike

    2014-05-01

    Vescent's Integrated Control Electronics (ICE) Platform is a new approach to controlling and driving lasers and other electoral devices in complex atomic and optical experiments. By employing low-noise, high-bandwidth analog electronics with digital control, ICE combines the performance of analog design with the convenience of the digital world. Utilizing a simple USB COM port interface, ICE can easily be controlled via LabView, Python, or an FPGA. High-speed TTL inputs enable precise external timing or triggering. ICE is capable of generating complex timing internally, enabling ICE to drive an entire experiment or it can be directed by an external control program. The system is capable of controlling up to 8 unique ICE slave boards providing flexibility to tailor an assortment of electronics hardware to the needs of a specific experiment. Examples of ICE slave boards are: a current controller and peak-lock laser servo, a four channel temperature controller, a current controller and offset phase lock servo. A single ensemble can drive, stabilize, and frequency lock 3 lasers in addition to powering an optical amplifier, while still leaving 2 remaining slots for further control needs. Staff Scientist

  6. Selective laser pumping of magnetic sublevels in the hyperfine structure of the cesium atom

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    Magunov, A. I.; Palchikov, V. G.

    2014-05-01

    The evolution of the populations of the magnetic sublevels of the cesium atom (133Cs isotope) in resonant laser fields with linear polarization is analyzed using the equations for the density matrix. Analytic expressions are derived for stationary populations resulting from laser-induced optical transitions on the hyperfine structure components F g = 3 ? F e = 2, 3 and F f = 4 ? F e = 3, 4 of lines D 1 (62 S 1/2 ? 62 P 1/2) and D 2 (62 S 1/2 ? 62 P 3/2) depending on the initial values of the populations. The numerical solution of the evolution equations gives the characteristic times of stabilization of the steady regime as functions of laser field intensities and detuning from optical resonance. We determine the sequences of optical transitions increasing (by more than an order of magnitude) the population of the lower sublevel 62 S 1/2 F g = 3 M = 0 of the "clock" microwave transition F g = 3 M = 0 ? F f = 4 M = 0 in the cesium frequency standard, which increases the signal intensity in the recording system by the same proportion.

  7. Study of laser uncaging induced morphological alteration of rat cortical neurites using atomic force microscopy.

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    Tian, Jian; Tu, Chunlong; Liang, Yitao; Zhou, Jian; Ye, Xuesong

    2015-09-30

    Activity-dependent structural remodeling is an important aspect of neuronal plasticity. In the previous researches, neuronal structure variations resulting from external interventions were detected by the imaging instruments such as the fluorescence microscopy, the scanning/transmission electron microscopy (SEM/TEM) and the laser confocal microscopy. In this article, a new platform which combined the photochemical stimulation with atomic force microscopy (AFM) was set up to detect the activity-dependent structural remodeling. In the experiments, the cortical neurites on the glass coverslips were stimulated by locally uncaged glutamate under the ultraviolet (UV) laser pulses, and a calcium-related structural collapse of neurites (about 250 nm height decrease) was observed by an AFM. This was the first attempt to combine the laser uncaging with AFM in living cell researches. With the advantages of highly localized stimulation (<5 μm), super resolution imaging (<3.8 nm), and convenient platform building, this system was suitable for the quantitative observation of the neuron mechanical property variations and morphological alterations modified by neural activities under different photochemical stimulations, which would be helpful for studying physiological and pathological mechanisms of structural and functional changes induced by the biomolecule acting. PMID:26149288

  8. Sub-part-per-billion analysis of aqueous lead colloids by ArF laser induced atomic fluorescence.

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    Ho, S K; Cheung, N H

    2005-01-01

    Highly sensitive analysis of aqueous lead carbonate colloids was demonstrated by two-pulse laser-induced atomic fluorescence. The first laser pulse at 1064 nm ablated the sample solution to create an expanding plume. The colloids, being heavier, trailed behind and became concentrated. They were then intercepted by an ArF laser pulse that induced prompt atomic fluorescence at 405.8 nm from the lead atoms. The detection limit for lead was 0.24 ppb. Tap water was analyzed, and lead emissions were clearly observed. Time-resolved spectroscopy revealed that the efficient 193-nm excitation of the analytes was more universal than expected. That was confirmed by the successful application of the technique to colloids and alloys other than lead. PMID:15623296

  9. Towards an Atomic Parity Violation Measurement with Laser Trapped Francium at ISAC

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    Collister, R.; Tandecki, M.; Gwinner, G.; Zhang, J.; Orozco, L.; Behr, J. A.; Pearson, M. R.; Gomez-Garcia, E.; Aubin, S.

    2012-10-01

    The neutral atom trap for parity violation measurements at TRIUMF has recently accepted its first radioactive beam. The longest lived francium isotopes have half-lives of minutes, requiring us to produce them with the online mass separator of the ISAC facility. The ion beam is embedded into a catcher made of yttrium foil where it is neutralized. Subsequently, the foil is rotated and heated to release a pulse of atomic francium into the laser trap cell. Francium isotopes 207, 209 and 221 have successfully been cooled and confined in a magneto-optical trap, a crucial first step for later experiments. The next online measurements are planned for November 2012 where two physics goals will be pursued. Firstly, the hyperfine anomaly will be probed via high precision spectroscopy on the atomic D1 transition in order to investigate the nuclear magnetization distribution. This will be followed by ionization cross-section measurements from the 7p3/2 state to evaluate this as a potential problematic trap loss mechanism for future parity violation measurements.

  10. Tunable Diode Laser Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy for Detection of Potassium under Optically Thick Conditions.

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    Qu, Zhechao; Steinvall, Erik; Ghorbani, Ramin; Schmidt, Florian M

    2016-04-01

    Potassium (K) is an important element related to ash and fine-particle formation in biomass combustion processes. In situ measurements of gaseous atomic potassium, K(g), using robust optical absorption techniques can provide valuable insight into the K chemistry. However, for typical parts per billion K(g) concentrations in biomass flames and reactor gases, the product of atomic line strength and absorption path length can give rise to such high absorbance that the sample becomes opaque around the transition line center. We present a tunable diode laser atomic absorption spectroscopy (TDLAAS) methodology that enables accurate, calibration-free species quantification even under optically thick conditions, given that Beer-Lambert's law is valid. Analyte concentration and collisional line shape broadening are simultaneously determined by a least-squares fit of simulated to measured absorption profiles. Method validation measurements of K(g) concentrations in saturated potassium hydroxide vapor in the temperature range 950-1200 K showed excellent agreement with equilibrium calculations, and a dynamic range from 40 pptv cm to 40 ppmv cm. The applicability of the compact TDLAAS sensor is demonstrated by real-time detection of K(g) concentrations close to biomass pellets during atmospheric combustion in a laboratory reactor. PMID:26938713

  11. MUTA calculations of a laser-produced Mg hollow atom spectrum

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    Colgan, J.; Abdallah, J., Jr.; Faenov, A.; Pikuz, T. A.; Skobelev, I. Yu

    2008-07-01

    A study is made of the spectra produced from a short-wavelength long-pulse (nanosecond) laser incident on a Mg plasma. A very complex experimental spectrum is analyzed in detail by comparison with large-scale atomic kinetics calculations using the recently developed mixed-UTA (MUTA) model. We find that the experimental spectrum appears to contain lines from many inner-shell transitions from ions ranging from neutral Mg to Li-like Mg. Lines from transitions such as 1s-3l, 1s-4l, and from hollow atoms (where in this context hollow atoms refer to ions with an empty 1s shell) are observed. The inclusion of very small fractions of hot electrons is demonstrated to make significant differences to the spectra. Although it is found that the calculations do not match perfectly the experimental spectra, reasonable agreement between the experiment and the theory can be obtained if temperature and density gradients are assumed present in the experimental conditions.

  12. Will Allis Prize Talk: Ionization Dynamics of Atoms in Intense, Ultra-short Laser Pulses

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    Kulander, Kenneth

    2008-05-01

    The time-dependent dynamics of atomic electrons in an intense laser pulse can be determined by solving the time-dependent Schrodinger equation. Examination of the time-dependent wave function, obtained by numerical integration of this equation, shows how energy is transferred from the photon field to the most weakly bound electron(s) of the atom. An electron, once it gains sufficient energy to overcome its attraction to the remaining ion core, finds that its subsequent movement is controlled by the oscillating electromagnetic field. The amplitude of the electron's oscillatory motion is substantially greater than the size of the atom so that there is a high probability that the freed electron will experience additional interactions with its parent ion core before it escapes completely. Thus, substantial further transfer of energy from the field to the electron can occur. This leads to the emission of surprisingly high energy photons and electrons, ultra-short light pulses and possibly to further ionization. Results of several numerical studies will be presented to illustrate these processes.

  13. Single-mode vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers for {sup 87}Rb-based chip-scale atomic clock

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    Derebezov, I. A. Haisler, V. A.; Bakarov, A. K.; Kalagin, A. K.; Toropov, A. I.; Kachanova, M. M.; Gavrilova, T. A.; Semenova, O. I.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Beterov, I. I.; Entin, V. M.; Ryabtsev, I. I.

    2010-11-15

    The results of numerical simulation and study of lasing characteristics of semiconductor verticalcavity surface-emitting lasers based on Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As alloys are presented. Lasers exhibit stable single-mode lasing at a wavelength of 795 nm at low operating currents {approx}1.5 mA and an output power of 350 {mu}W, which offers prospects of their applications in next-generation chip-scale atomic clocks

  14. Scheme for a compact cold-atom clock based on diffuse laser cooling in a cylindrical cavity

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    Liu, Peng; Meng, Yanling; Wan, Jinyin; Wang, Xiumei; Wang, Yaning; Xiao, Ling; Cheng, Huadong; Liu, Liang

    2015-12-01

    We present a scheme for a compact rubidium cold-atom clock which performs diffuse light cooling, microwave interrogation, and detection of the clock signal in a cylindrical microwave cavity. The diffuse light is produced by laser light reflection at the inner surface of the microwave cavity. The pattern of the injected laser beams is specially designed to accumulate the majority of the cold atoms in the center of the microwave cavity. Microwave interrogation of the cold atoms in the cavity leads to Ramsey fringes, which have a linewidth of 24.5 Hz with a contrast of 95.6 % when the free evolution time is 20 ms. Recently, a frequency stability of 7.3 ×10-13τ-1 /2 has been achieved. The scheme of this physical package can largely reduce the cold-atom clock complexity and increase clock performance.

  15. Deep laser cooling of magnesium atoms using a 33P2→33D3 dipole transition

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    Brazhnikov, D. V.; Bonert, A. E.; Goncharov, A. N.; Taichenachev, A. V.; Yudin, V. I.

    2014-07-01

    We present the theoretical analysis of sub-Doppler laser cooling of 24Mg atoms using dipole transition 33P2→33D3 under two counterpropagating light waves with opposite circular polarizations (one-dimensional σ+σ- configuration). For numerical calculations the standard semi-classical approach based on the Fokker-Planck equation for linear momentum distribution of atoms is exploited. The distributions are gained beyond the limits of slow atoms approximation and for an arbitrary light field intensity. The absence of these limits allows us to determine the optimal parameters of the light field to maximize a fraction of ultracold atoms (T ~ 10 μK) in a whole atomic cloud. In particular, under certain conditions the fraction can reach a value of 50%. Solution of the existing problems in deep laser cooling of magnesium atoms has obvious prospects for atomic optics and quantum metrology: for instance, in designing new-generation optical frequency and time standards based on cold atoms in optical lattices.

  16. High-resolution X-ray spectroscopy of hollow atoms created in plasma heated by subpicosecond laser radiation

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    Faenov, A.Ya.; Magunov, A.I.; Pikuz, T.A.

    1997-10-01

    The investigations of ultrashort (0.4-0.6 ps) laser pulse radiation interaction with solid targets have been carried out. The Trident subpicosecond laser system was used for plasma creation. The X-ray plasma emission was investigated with the help of high-resolution spectrographs with spherically bent mica crystals. It is shown that when high contrast ultrashort laser pulses were used for plasma heating its emission spectra could not be explained in terms of commonly used theoretical models, and transitions in so called {open_quotes}hollow atoms{close_quotes} must be taken into account for adequate description of plasma radiation.

  17. Coherent Spectroscopy of Sodium and Potassium Vapour

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    Alzetta, G.; Gozzini, S.; Lucchesini, A.; Cartaleva, S.; Karaulanov, T.; Marinelli, C.

    2006-12-01

    A brief introduction is presented related to three different approaches for Coherent Population Trapping (CPT) observation, namely CPT resonance prepared: (i) in degenerate two-level system (ii) by coupling pairs of non-degenerate Zeeman sublevels of two ground levels and (iii) utilizing Zeeman sublevels within a single hyperfine transition. As an illustration of the first two approaches recent results concerning the CPT preparation on the first resonance line in Na and K are described. The first, to our best knowledge, CPT resonance observation on the second resonance line of K (violet, 404.4 nm) is reported. A transfer of the CPT resonance due to cascade transitions, without compromising its parameters, is evidenced. The presented results are promising for investigation of processes in atomic vapour and gas discharge.

  18. Vapour Intrusion into Buildings - A Literature Review

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    This chapter provides a review of recent research on vapour intrusion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into buildings. The chapter builds on a report from Tillman and Weaver (2005) which reviewed the literature on vapour intrusion through 2005. Firstly, the term ‘vapour intru...

  19. Analysis of atomic and ion debris features of laser-produced Sn and Li plasmas

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    Coons, R. W.; Harilal, S. S.; Campos, D.; Hassanein, A.

    2010-09-15

    Tin and lithium plasmas emit efficiently in the in-band region (13.5 nm with 2% bandwidth) necessary for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. We have made a detailed comparison of the atomic and ionic debris, as well as the emission features of Sn and Li plasmas under identical experimental conditions. Planar slabs of pure Sn and Li were irradiated with 1064 nm, 9 ns neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser pulses for producing plasmas. A suite of diagnostics were used to analyze the emission and debris features, including optical emission spectroscopy (OES), a Faraday cup, an EUV pinhole camera, the absolute measurement of EUV conversion efficiency (CE), etc. Our results show that Sn plasmas provide a CE nearly twice that of Li. However, the kinetic energies of Sn ions are considerably higher, though with a lower flux. OES studies have showed that the kinetic energies of neutral species are substantially lower compared to that of the charged particle species.

  20. Characterization of 1064nm laser-induced damage on antireflection coatings grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Liu, Zhichao; Wei, Yaowei; Chen, Songlin; Luo, Jin; Ma, Ping

    2011-12-01

    Damage tests were carried out to measure the laser resistance of Al2O3/TiO2 and Al2O3/HfO2 antireflection coatings at 1064nm grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The S-on-1 and R-on-1 damage results are given. It's interesting to find that ALD coatings damage performance seems closed to those grown by conventional e-beam evaporation process. For Al2O3/TiO2 coatings, the grown temperature will impact the damage resistance of thin films. Crystallization of TiO2 layer at higher temperature could play an importance role as absorption defects that reduced the LIDT of coatings. In addition, it is found that using inorganic compound instead of organic compound as precursors for ALD process can effective prevent residual carbon in films and will increase the LIDT of coatings.

  1. Triple Differential Cross Sections for Ionization of Laser-Aligned Mg Atoms by electron impact

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    Amami, Sadek; Madison, Don; Nixon, Kate; Murray, Andrew

    2013-09-01

    3DW (3-body distorted wave) triple differential cross sections have been calculated for electron impact ionization of magnesium atoms aligned by lasers. Calculations have been performed for the kinematics of the experiment performed by Kate Nixon and Andrew Murray at Manchester, England [K. L. Nixon and A. J. Murray 2011 Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 123201]. An incident projectile was produced with energy of 41.91eV, scattered and ejected electrons were detected with equal energies (E1 =E2 =20eV), the scattered projectile was detected at a fixed angle of 30deg, and the ejected electrons were detected at angles ranging between 0circ; - 180circ; . The theoretical 3DW results will be compared with the experimental data. This work is supported by the US National Science Foundation under Grant.No.PHY-1068237.

  2. Development of laser optogalvanic spectroscopy as a probe of alkali atoms in an MHD environment

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    Monts, D.L.; Qian, S.; Cook, R.L.; Shepard, W.S.

    1995-02-01

    Application of Laser Optogalvanic Spectroscopy (LOGS) to MHD combustion systems requires selection of an appropriate alkali atom electronic transition to monitor. These studies suggest that in MHD combustion systems, it is desirable to use cesium, which occurs as an impurity in potassium compounds, as a surrogate for potassium rather than to directly monitor potassium in order to obtain reliable determinations of seed concentration. Studies were also performed to investigate the effect of electrode corrosion on the normalized LOGS signal intensity at a fixed wavelength (578.238 nm). During six-hour experiments in a near-stoichiometric flame, the normalized LOGS signal intensity decreased by 40-50% for a -960 V rod electrode and by 10-20% for a -500 V rod electrode. These changes are attributed to buildup of an oxide coating on the electrode, reducing the collection efficiency of the electrode.

  3. Breakthrough: X-ray Laser Captures Atoms and Molecules in Action

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    Bergmann, Uwe

    2014-05-21

    The Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC is the world's most powerful X-ray laser. Just two years after turning on in 2009, breakthrough science is emerging from the LCLS at a rapid pace. A recent experiment used the X-rays to create and probe a 2-million-degree piece of matter in a controlled way for the first time-a significant leap toward understanding the extreme conditions found in the hearts of stars and giant planets, and a finding which could further guide research into nuclear fusion, the mechanism that powers the sun. Upcoming experiments will investigate the fundamental, atomic-scale processes behind such phenomena as superconductivity and magnetism, as well as peering into the molecular workings of photosynthesis in plants.

  4. Laser absorption spectroscopy diagnostics of helium metastable atoms generated in dielectric barrier discharge cryoplasmas

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    Urabe, Keiichiro; Muneoka, Hitoshi; Stauss, Sven; Sakai, Osamu; Terashima, Kazuo

    2015-10-01

    Cryoplasmas, which are plasmas whose gas temperatures are below room temperature (RT), have shown dynamic changes in their physical and chemical characteristics when the gas temperature in the plasmas (Tgp) was decreased from RT. In this study, we measured the temporal behavior of helium metastable (Hem) atoms generated in a parallel-plate dielectric barrier discharge at ambient gas temperatures (Tga) of 300, 100, and 14 K and with a gas density similar to atmospheric conditions by laser absorption spectroscopy. The increments of Tgp to Tga were less than 20 K. We found from the results that the Hem lifetime and maximum density become longer and larger over one order of magnitude for lower Tga. The reasons for the long Hem lifetime at low Tga are decreases in the rate coefficients of three-body Hem quenching reactions and in the amounts of molecular impurities with boiling points higher than that of He.

  5. Parametrization of electron-impact ionization cross sections from laser-excited and aligned atoms.

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    Nixon, Kate L; Murray, Andrew James

    2014-01-17

    A set of parameters describing electron-impact ionization from laser-aligned atoms are reported, which define the "length", "width", and "direction" of the quadruple differential cross section (QDCS) as a function of target alignment kB for fixed ingoing electron momentum k0 and outgoing momenta k1, k2. 24Mg was used, with k0, k1, k2, and kB in the same plane. The parameters are derived for a range of k2 angles, with k1 set at 30° to k0. The QDCS is then determined for all kB. The parameters are very angle sensitive, the QDCS direction varying more than 90° as the length to width ratio varied more than an order of magnitude. PMID:24484007

  6. Picosecond infrared laser-induced all-atom nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation of dissociation of viruses.

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    Hoang Man, Viet; Van-Oanh, Nguyen-Thi; Derreumaux, Philippe; Li, Mai Suan; Roland, Christopher; Sagui, Celeste; Nguyen, Phuong H

    2016-04-28

    Since the discovery of the plant pathogen tobacco mosaic virus as the first viral entity in the late 1800s, viruses traditionally have been mainly thought of as pathogens for disease-resistances. However, viruses have recently been exploited as nanoplatforms with applications in biomedicine and materials science. To this aim, a large majority of current methods and tools have been developed to improve the physical stability of viral particles, which may be critical to the extreme physical or chemical conditions that viruses may encounter during purification, fabrication processes, storage and use. However, considerably fewer studies are devoted to developing efficient methods to degrade or recycle such enhanced stability biomaterials. With this in mind, we carry out all-atom nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation, inspired by the recently developed mid-infrared free-electron laser pulse technology, to dissociate viruses. Adopting the poliovirus as a representative example, we find that the primary step in the dissociation process is due to the strong resonance between the amide I vibrational modes of the virus and the tuned laser frequencies. This process is determined by a balance between the formation and dissociation of the protein shell, reflecting the highly plasticity of the virus. Furthermore, our method should provide a feasible approach to simulate viruses, which is otherwise too expensive for conventional equilibrium all-atom simulations of such very large systems. Our work shows a proof of concept which may open a new, efficient way to cleave or to recycle virus-based materials, provide an extremely valuable tool for elucidating mechanical aspects of viruses, and may well play an important role in future fighting against virus-related diseases. PMID:27071540

  7. Investigations of ion-irradiated uranium dioxide nuclear fuel with laser-assisted atom probe tomography

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    Valderrama, Billy

    Performance in commercial light water reactors is dictated by the ability of its fuel material, uranium dioxide (UO2), to transport heat generated during the fission process. It is widely known that the service lifetime is limited by irradiation-induced microstructural changes that degrade the thermal performance of UO2. Studying the role of complex, often interacting mechanisms that occur during the early stages of microstructural evolution presents a challenge. Phenomena of particular interest are the segregation of fission products to form bubbles and their resultant effect on grain boundary (GB) mobility, and the effect of irradiation on fuel stoichiometry. Each mechanism has a profound consequence on fuel thermal conductivity. Several advanced analytical techniques, such as transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, etc. have been used to study these mechanisms. However, they each have limitations and cannot individually provide the necessary information for deeper understanding. One technique that has been under utilized is atom probe tomography (APT), which has a unique ability to spatially resolve small-scale chemical variations. APT uses the principle of field ionization to evaporate surface ions for chemical analysis. For low electrical conductivity systems, a pulsed laser is used to thermally assist in the evaporation process. One factor complicating the analysis is that laser-material interactions are poorly understood for oxide materials and literature using this technique with UO2 is lacking. Therefore, an initial systematic study to identify the optimal conditions for the analysis of UO2 using laser-assisted APT was conducted. A comparative study on the evaporation behavior between CeO2 and UO2 was followed. CeO2 was chosen due to its technological relevancy and availability of comparative studies with laser-assisted APT. Dissimilar evaporation behavior between these materials was identified and attributed to differences in laser absorption, oxide stability, and thermal conductivity between the two materials. After the conditions were identified, APT was utilized to study the role of temperature and GB structure on the segregation of Kr. Results indicate that high angle GBs contain more Kr relative to low angle GBs. The methodology presented can be applied to investigate small-scale chemical changes in other oxide materials.

  8. Optically Pumped Atomic Rubidium Lasers: Two-Photon and Exciplex Excitation Mechanisms

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    Gallagher, Jeffrey E.

    The Doppler-broadened two-photon absorption (TPA) cross-section for the 52S1/2 → 52 D5/2 transition in Rb is measured using direct absorption methods. The selection rule |DeltaF| ≤ 2 applied to both isotopes yields 17 transitions in 3 Doppler limited lines. A detailed model of the intensity profile was also developed to account for a focused Gaussian beam (with an M2 value of 1.09) propagating through a two-photon absorption medium. A peak absorbance of 24% was observed for an intensity of 6.28 kWcm2 at the focus, a Rb density of 4.6x1015 cm-3 , and a path length of 15 cm. Alkali concentrations from 1.61 - 8.52x1015 cm -3 were monitored in the far wing of the D 2 line. Extracting the hyperfine-broadened TPA cross-section from 87 test configurations, while varying the pump power, alkali concentration and focal length, yielded an error-weighted average of 6.75x10^-21 cm4W with a standard deviation of 3.61x10-21 cm4W. This cross-section is sufficient for a pulsed dye laser to bleach the pump transition in the Two-Photon Pumped Alkali Laser (TPAL) that lases at 420 nm and 5.2 microm. Optically pumped atomic rubidium lasers pumped in the blue satellite of the D2 line from the ground Rb-Ar or Rb-Kr collision pair to the dissociative B2S+1/2 state produce laser emission at 780.2 nm. Lasing is achieved for pump wavelengths of 752.3 to greater than 760 nm for the Rb-Ar system and 757.1 -- 760.4 nm for the Rb-Kr system. Slope efficiencies increase with both Rb and Ar concentrations and exceed 0.25% using a heat pipe configuration. The gain is very high with photon build-up times of 1--3.7 ns. Laser induced heating and subsequent condensation of alkali vapor in the heat pipe configuration currently limits operation to less than 2500 Torr.

  9. Sub-Doppler absorption narrowing in atomic vapor at two intense laser fields.

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    Krmpot, Aleksandar; Mijailović, Marina; Panić, Bratimir; Lukić, Dragan; Kovacević, Aleksander; Pantelić, Dejan; Jelenković, Branislav

    2005-03-01

    We have experimentally studied electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) and absorption (EIA) in hot 85Rb atomic vapor using probe and coupling light with comparable power levels. We have shown that strong-probe EIT has different linewidth and appears in fewer configurations than does usual, weak probe EIT. In V-scheme, where optical pumping and saturation are dominant mechanisms, narrow EIT is possible only when a probe is tuned to a closed transition. The width of the EIT resonance increases with laser intensity with non-linear dependence, similar to the weak-probe EIT in Lambda- scheme. The EIT in Lambda- scheme was observed when two transitions had balanced population losses. The EIA was modified for the case of a strong probe as well: in four-level N-scheme with Zeeman sublevels the EIA was observed only for a cycling transition when F'=F+1, where F and F' are the angular momenta of the 5 2S1/2 (ground) and 5 2P3/2 (excited) state hyper-fine levels, respectively. The combination of strong probe and strong coupling laser beam intensities allows observation of an absorption dip due to three-photon resonance in a four-level scheme that involves the Raman transitions via virtual level. PMID:19495020

  10. Development, analysis and control of a high-speed laser-free atomic force microscope.

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    Bashash, Saeid; Saeidpourazar, Reza; Jalili, Nader

    2010-02-01

    This paper presents the development and control of a laser-free atomic force microscopy (AFM) system for high-speed imaging of micro- and nanostructured materials. The setup uses a self-sensing piezoresistive microcantilever with nanometer accuracy to abolish the need for a bulky and expensive laser measurement system. A basic model for the interaction dynamics of AFM tip and sample in the high-speed open-loop imaging mode is proposed, accounting for their possible separation. The effects of microcantilever and sample stiffness and damping coefficients on the accuracy of imaging are studied through a set of frequency-domain simulations. To improve the speed of operation, a Lyapunov-based robust adaptive control law is used for the AFM XY scanning stage. It is shown that the proposed controller overcomes the frequency limits of the PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) controllers typically used in AFM. Finally, the paper presents a set of experiments on a standard calibration sample with 200 nm stepped topography, indicating accurate imaging up to the scanning frequency of 30 Hz. PMID:20192502

  11. Development, analysis and control of a high-speed laser-free atomic force microscope

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    Bashash, Saeid; Saeidpourazar, Reza; Jalili, Nader

    2010-02-01

    This paper presents the development and control of a laser-free atomic force microscopy (AFM) system for high-speed imaging of micro- and nanostructured materials. The setup uses a self-sensing piezoresistive microcantilever with nanometer accuracy to abolish the need for a bulky and expensive laser measurement system. A basic model for the interaction dynamics of AFM tip and sample in the high-speed open-loop imaging mode is proposed, accounting for their possible separation. The effects of microcantilever and sample stiffness and damping coefficients on the accuracy of imaging are studied through a set of frequency-domain simulations. To improve the speed of operation, a Lyapunov-based robust adaptive control law is used for the AFM XY scanning stage. It is shown that the proposed controller overcomes the frequency limits of the PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) controllers typically used in AFM. Finally, the paper presents a set of experiments on a standard calibration sample with 200 nm stepped topography, indicating accurate imaging up to the scanning frequency of 30 Hz.

  12. Bright focused ion beam sources based on laser-cooled atoms

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    McClelland, J. J.; Steele, A. V.; Knuffman, B.; Twedt, K. A.; Schwarzkopf, A.; Wilson, T. M.

    2016-01-01

    Nanoscale focused ion beams (FIBs) represent one of the most useful tools in nanotechnology, enabling nanofabrication via milling and gas-assisted deposition, microscopy and microanalysis, and selective, spatially resolved doping of materials. Recently, a new type of FIB source has emerged, which uses ionization of laser cooled neutral atoms to produce the ion beam. The extremely cold temperatures attainable with laser cooling (in the range of 100 μK or below) result in a beam of ions with a very small transverse velocity distribution. This corresponds to a source with extremely high brightness that rivals or may even exceed the brightness of the industry standard Ga+ liquid metal ion source. In this review we discuss the context of ion beam technology in which these new ion sources can play a role, their principles of operation, and some examples of recent demonstrations. The field is relatively new, so only a few applications have been demonstrated, most notably low energy ion microscopy with Li ions. Nevertheless, a number of promising new approaches have been proposed and/or demonstrated, suggesting that a rapid evolution of this type of source is likely in the near future.

  13. Exterior complex scaling method in TDDFT: HHG of Ar atoms in intense laser fields

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    Sosnova, K. E.; Telnov, D. A.; Rozenbaum, E. B.; Chu, S. I.

    2014-04-01

    The exterior complex scaling (ECS) method is applied in the framework of time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) to study high-order harmonic generation (HHG) of multielectron atoms in intense laser fields. With the help of ECS, correct outgoing-wave boundary conditions can be imposed on the wave functions at large distances. In our implementation, ECS is combined with the time-dependent generalized pseudospectral method for accurate and efficient solution of the time-dependent Kohn-Sham equations. We make use of LB94 exchange-correlation potential which appears quite accurate in calculations of unperturbed electronic structure of Ar. Calculations of HHG are performed for the laser fields with the wavelength of 800 nm and several peak intensities. The HHG spectrum exhibits an intensity-independent minimum corresponding to the photon energy of about 51 eV which is closely related to the Cooper minimum in the photoionization cross section of Ar. We found that HHG spectra calculated with the frozen-core potential (not including dynamic response of the electron density) differ significantly from those obtained by TDDFT.

  14. Bright focused ion beam sources based on laser-cooled atoms

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    McClelland, J. J.; Steele, A. V.; Knuffman, B.; Twedt, K. A.; Schwarzkopf, A.; Wilson, T. M.

    2016-03-01

    Nanoscale focused ion beams (FIBs) represent one of the most useful tools in nanotechnology, enabling nanofabrication via milling and gas-assisted deposition, microscopy and microanalysis, and selective, spatially resolved doping of materials. Recently, a new type of FIB source has emerged, which uses ionization of laser cooled neutral atoms to produce the ion beam. The extremely cold temperatures attainable with laser cooling (in the range of 100 μK or below) result in a beam of ions with a very small transverse velocity distribution. This corresponds to a source with extremely high brightness that rivals or may even exceed the brightness of the industry standard Ga+ liquid metal ion source. In this review, we discuss the context of ion beam technology in which these new ion sources can play a role, their principles of operation, and some examples of recent demonstrations. The field is relatively new, so only a few applications have been demonstrated, most notably low energy ion microscopy with Li ions. Nevertheless, a number of promising new approaches have been proposed and/or demonstrated, suggesting that a rapid evolution of this type of source is likely in the near future.

  15. Analysis of atomic distribution in as-fabricated Zircaloy-2 claddings by atom probe tomography under high-energy pulsed laser

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    Sawabe, T.; Sonoda, T.; Kitajima, S.; Kameyama, T.

    2013-11-01

    The properties of second-phase particles (SPPs) in Zircaloy-2 claddings are key factors influencing the corrosion resistance of the alloy. The chemical compositions of Zr (Fe, Cr)2 and Zr2(Fe, Ni) SPPs were investigated by means of pulsed laser atom probe tomography. In order to prevent specimen fracture and to analyse wide regions of the specimen, the pulsed laser energy was increased to 2.0 nJ. This gave a high yield of average of 3 107 ions per specimen. The Zr (Fe, Cr)2 SPPs contained small amounts of Ni and Si atoms, while in Zr2(Fe, Ni) SPPs almost all the Si was concentrated and the ratio of Zr: (Fe + Ni + Si) was 2:1. Atomic concentrations of the Zr-matrix and the SPPs were identified by two approaches: the first by using all the visible peaks of the mass spectrum and the second using the representative peaks with the natural abundance of the corresponding atoms. It was found that the change in the concentration between the Zr-matrix and the SPPs can be estimated more accurately by the second method, although Sn concentration in the Zr2(Fe, Ni) SPPs is slightly overestimated.

  16. Enhancement of visible He2 emission by infrared laser excitation of He metastable atoms in atmospheric-pressure plasma jet

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    Urabe, Keiichiro; Motomura, Hideki; Sakai, Osamu; Tachibana, Kunihide

    2011-02-01

    We observed bright red emission at an intersection of an infrared (IR) laser beam and an atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ). The APPJ had a coaxial dielectric barrier discharge configuration and generated a plasma plume in a He gas flow ejected into air from a glass capillary. Although the laser-beam wavelength was 1083 nm corresponding to He I (23P-23S) atomic transition, the enhanced red emission peaked in the visible region at 640 nm and had broad bandwidth corresponding to He2 (d\\,^{3}\\!\\Sigma_u^{+}{{--}}b\\,^{3}\\Pi _g) molecular transition. This result indicates that the IR laser excitation of He metastable (23S) atoms leads to selective formation of excited He2 (d\\,^{3}\\!\\Sigma_u^{+}) molecules from excited He (23P) atoms. The 640 nm emission intensity decreased as the laser beam moved downstream in the plasma plume, because of the quenching effects on the excited He atoms and the excited He2 molecules by air entrainment. We believe that the He2 (d\\,^{3}\\!\\Sigma_u^{+}) molecular formation follows two potential curves of He2 (f 3Σu or f 3Πu) and (d\\,^{3}\\!\\Sigma_u^{+}) states, overcoming a potential hump by three-body collision processes.

  17. Performance predictions of a focused ion beam from a laser cooled and compressed atomic beam

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    Haaf, G. ten; Wouters, S. H. W.; Vredenbregt, E. J. D.; Mutsaers, P. H. A.; Geer, S. B. van der

    2014-12-28

    Focused ion beams are indispensable tools in the semiconductor industry because of their ability to image and modify structures at the nanometer length scale. Here, we report on performance predictions of a new type of focused ion beam based on photo-ionization of a laser cooled and compressed atomic beam. Particle tracing simulations are performed to investigate the effects of disorder-induced heating after ionization in a large electric field. They lead to a constraint on this electric field strength which is used as input for an analytical model which predicts the minimum attainable spot size as a function of, amongst others, the flux density of the atomic beam, the temperature of this beam, and the total current. At low currents (I < 10 pA), the spot size will be limited by a combination of spherical aberration and brightness, while at higher currents, this is a combination of chromatic aberration and brightness. It is expected that a nanometer size spot is possible at a current of 1 pA. The analytical model was verified with particle tracing simulations of a complete focused ion beam setup. A genetic algorithm was used to find the optimum acceleration electric field as a function of the current. At low currents, the result agrees well with the analytical model, while at higher currents, the spot sizes found are even lower due to effects that are not taken into account in the analytical model.

  18. Performance predictions of a focused ion beam from a laser cooled and compressed atomic beam

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    ten Haaf, G.; Wouters, S. H. W.; van der Geer, S. B.; Vredenbregt, E. J. D.; Mutsaers, P. H. A.

    2014-12-01

    Focused ion beams are indispensable tools in the semiconductor industry because of their ability to image and modify structures at the nanometer length scale. Here, we report on performance predictions of a new type of focused ion beam based on photo-ionization of a laser cooled and compressed atomic beam. Particle tracing simulations are performed to investigate the effects of disorder-induced heating after ionization in a large electric field. They lead to a constraint on this electric field strength which is used as input for an analytical model which predicts the minimum attainable spot size as a function of, amongst others, the flux density of the atomic beam, the temperature of this beam, and the total current. At low currents (I < 10 pA), the spot size will be limited by a combination of spherical aberration and brightness, while at higher currents, this is a combination of chromatic aberration and brightness. It is expected that a nanometer size spot is possible at a current of 1 pA. The analytical model was verified with particle tracing simulations of a complete focused ion beam setup. A genetic algorithm was used to find the optimum acceleration electric field as a function of the current. At low currents, the result agrees well with the analytical model, while at higher currents, the spot sizes found are even lower due to effects that are not taken into account in the analytical model.

  19. Diagnostics of Carbon Nanotube Formation in a Laser Produced Plume: An Investigation of the Metal Catalyst by Laser Ablation Atomic Fluorescence Spectroscopy

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    deBoer, Gary; Scott, Carl

    2003-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes, elongated molecular tubes with diameters of nanometers and lengths in microns, hold great promise for material science. Hopes for super strong light-weight material to be used in spacecraft design is the driving force behind nanotube work at JSC. The molecular nature of these materials requires the appropriate tools for investigation of their structure, properties, and formation. The mechanism of nanotube formation is of particular interest because it may hold keys to controlling the formation of different types of nanotubes and allow them to be produced in much greater quantities at less cost than is currently available. This summer's work involved the interpretation of data taken last summer and analyzed over the academic year. The work involved diagnostic studies of carbon nanotube formation processes occurring in a laser-produced plume. Laser ablation of metal doped graphite to produce a plasma plume in which carbon nanotubes self assemble is one method of making carbon nanotube. The laser ablation method is amenable to applying the techniques of laser spectroscopy, a powerful tool for probing the energies and dynamics of atomic and molecular species. The experimental work performed last summer involved probing one of the metal catalysts, nickel, by laser induced fluorescence. The nickel atom was studied as a function of oven temperature, probe laser wavelength, time after ablation, and position in the laser produced plume. This data along with previously obtained data on carbon was analyzed over the academic year. Interpretations of the data were developed this summer along with discussions of future work. The temperature of the oven in which the target is ablated greatly influences the amount of material ablated and the propagation of the plume. The ablation conditions and the time scale of atomic and molecular lifetimes suggest that initial ablation of the metal doped carbon target results in atomic and small molecular species. The metal atoms survive for several milliseconds while the gaseous carbon atoms and small molecules nucleate more rapidly. Additional experiments and the development of in situ methods for carbon nanotube detection would allow these results to be interpreted from the perspective of carbon nanotube formation.

  20. Oxygen-atom concentrations measured in flames: a method to improve the accuracy of laser-induced fluorescence diagnostics.

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    Myhr, F H; Driscoll, J F

    2001-10-20

    A procedure is proposed, denoted as the corrected laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) method, that reduces the error associated with the unavoidable photodissociation of O(2) molecules that has limited the measurement of oxygen-atom concentrations in the past. Two different laser intensities are employed, and the two signals that are obtained with two-photon LIF diagnostics are used to correct for the photolysis error. We measured oxygen-atom concentrations using this method at 33 locations in lean and rich flames. Results are compared with values determined by use of two independent techniques: the partial equilibrium method and equilibrium calculations. The measurements also quantify the shot noise, the photolysis errors, and the critical laser intensity required to avoid photolysis errors. PMID:18364818

  1. Parameters of an electric-discharge generator of iodine atoms for a chemical oxygen-iodine laser

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    Azyazov, V N; Vorob'ev, M V; Voronov, A I; Kupryaev, Nikolai V; Mikheev, P A; Ufimtsev, N I

    2009-01-31

    Laser-induced fluorescence is used for measuring the concentration of iodine molecules at the output of an electric-discharge generator of atomic iodine. Methyl iodide CH{sub 3}I is used as the donor of atomic iodine. The fraction of iodine extracted from CH{sub 3}I in the generator is {approx}50%. The optimal operation regimes are found in which 80%-90% of iodine contained in the output flow of the generator was in the atomic state. This fraction decreased during the iodine transport due to recombination and was 20%-30% at the place where iodine was injected into the oxygen flow. The fraction of the discharge power spent for dissociation was {approx}3%. (elements of laser setups)

  2. Scaling laws for the atomic Xe laser in Ne/Ar/Xe and He/Ar/Xe gas mixtures

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    Vogel, M.S.; Jong, W.; Kushner, S.

    1992-12-01

    The atomic Xe laser oscillates on 6 transitions (1.73 {mu}m - 3.7 {mu}m) between the 5d and 6p manifolds. Ar/Xe gas mixtures usually produce the highest laser efficiencies at 1.73 {mu}m, however gas heating from energy loading can reduce or terminate laser output due to an increase in the electron density. One is therefore motivated to increase the gas pressure by adding a lighter rare gas (He or Ne). The scaling of the atomic Xe laser using Ne/Ar/Xe and He/Ar/Xe gas mixtures have been investigated using a computer model. Addition of Ne significantly alters the kinetic pathways leading to increased pumping of the 6p manifold by dissociative recombination of Xe{sub 2}{sup +} thereby decreasing laser power. Increasing the heat capacity of the mixture by adding Ne can regain some of this loss at high energy loading. He addition is less disruptive with respect to the ion chemistry, but preferential quenching of the lower laser levels causes osciallation to be dominantly at 2.03 {mu}m.

  3. Electron-ion dynamics in laser-assisted desorption of hydrogen atoms from H-Si(111) surface

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    Bubin, Sergiy; Varga, Kalman

    2011-09-15

    In the framework of real time real space time-dependent density functional theory we have studied the electron-ion dynamics of a hydrogen-terminated silicon surface H-Si(111) subjected to intense laser irradiation. Two surface fragments of different sizes have been used in the simulations. When the intensity and duration of the laser exceed certain levels (which depend on the wavelength) we observe the desorption of the hydrogen atoms, while the underlying silicon layer remains essentially undamaged. Upon further increase of the laser intensity, the chemical bonds between silicon atoms break as well. The results of the simulations suggest that with an appropriate choice of laser parameters it should be possible to remove the hydrogen layer from the H-Si(111) surface in a matter of a few tens of femtoseconds. We have also observed that at high laser field intensities (2-4 V/A in this work) the desorption occurs even when the laser frequency is smaller than the optical gap of the silicon surface fragments. Therefore, nonlinear phenomena must play an essential role in such desorption processes.

  4. Polarization switching detection method using a ferroelectric liquid crystal for dichroic atomic vapor laser lock frequency stabilization techniques.

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    Dudzik, Grzegorz; Rzepka, Janusz; Abramski, Krzysztof M

    2015-04-01

    We present a concept of the polarization switching detection method implemented for frequency-stabilized lasers, called the polarization switching dichroic atomic vapor laser lock (PSDAVLL) technique. It is a combination of the well-known dichroic atomic vapor laser lock method for laser frequency stabilization with a synchronous detection system based on the surface-stabilized ferroelectric liquid crystal (SSFLC).The SSFLC is a polarization switch and quarter wave-plate component. This technique provides a 9.6 dB better dynamic range ratio (DNR) than the well-known two-photodiode detection configuration known as the balanced polarimeter. This paper describes the proposed method used practically in the VCSEL laser frequency stabilization system. The applied PSDAVLL method has allowed us to obtain a frequency stability of 2.7×10⁻⁹ and a reproducibility of 1.2×10⁻⁸, with a DNR of detected signals of around 81 dB. It has been shown that PSDAVLL might be successfully used as a method for spectra-stable laser sources. PMID:25967193

  5. Breakdown and dc discharge in low-pressure water vapour

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    Sivo, J.; koro, N.; Mari?, D.; Malovi?, G.; Petrovi?, Z. Lj

    2015-10-01

    In this paper we report studies of basic properties of breakdown, low-current Townsend discharge and high-current discharge regimes in water vapour. Paschen curves and the corresponding distributions of emission intensities at low current were recorded in the range of pd (pressure x electrode gap) from 0.1 to 10 Torrcm covering the region of Paschen minimum. From the experimental profiles we obtained effective ionization coefficient of water vapour for the E/N range 650?Td-7?kTd and fitted the results by using the extended Townsend analytical formula. Using the obtained ionization coefficient, we calculated the effective yield of secondary electrons from the copper cathode. Results of the measurements of Volt-Ampere characteristics in water vapour were presented together with the images of the axial structure of the discharge in a wide range of discharge currents for two pd values. Recorded profiles showed development of the spatial structure of the discharge in different operating regimes. We were able to identify conditions where processes induced by heavy particles, probably fast hydrogen atoms, are dominant in inducing emission from the discharge. Finally, standard scaling laws were tested for low current and glow discharges in water vapour.

  6. No sodium in the vapour plumes of Enceladus.

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    Schneider, Nicholas M; Burger, Matthew H; Schaller, Emily L; Brown, Michael E; Johnson, Robert E; Kargel, Jeffrey S; Dougherty, Michele K; Achilleos, Nicholas A

    2009-06-25

    The discovery of water vapour and ice particles erupting from Saturn's moon Enceladus fuelled speculation that an internal ocean was the source. Alternatively, the source might be ice warmed, melted or crushed by tectonic motions. Sodium chloride (that is, salt) is expected to be present in a long-lived ocean in contact with a rocky core. Here we report a ground-based spectroscopic search for atomic sodium near Enceladus that places an upper limit on the mixing ratio in the vapour plumes orders of magnitude below the expected ocean salinity. The low sodium content of escaping vapour, together with the small fraction of salt-bearing particles, argues against a situation in which a near-surface geyser is fuelled by a salty ocean through cracks in the crust. The lack of observable sodium in the vapour is consistent with a wide variety of alternative eruption sources, including a deep ocean, a freshwater reservoir, or ice. The existing data may be insufficient to distinguish between these hypotheses. PMID:19553993

  7. Electron Transport in Water Vapour

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    Kawaguchi, Satoru; Satoh, Kohki; Itoh, Hidenori

    2015-09-01

    Sets of electron collision cross sections for water vapour previously reported are examined by comparing calculated electron swarm parameters with measured parameters. Further, reliable cross section set of water vapour is estimated by the electron swarm method using Monte Carlo simulation to ensure the accuracy of the swarm parameter calculation. The values of an electron drift velocity, a longitudinal diffusion coefficient, and an effective ionisation coefficient calculated from Yousfi and Benabdessadok's set and those calculated from Itikawa and Mason's set do not necessarily agree with measured data. A new cross section set of water vapour, which consists of three kinds of rotational excitation, two kinds of vibrational excitation, three kinds of electron attachment, twenty-six kinds of electronic excitation, and six kinds of ionisation cross sections, and an elastic collision cross section, is estimated, and an anisotropic electron scattering for elastic and rotational excitation collision is considered. The swarm parameters calculated from the estimated cross section set is in good agreement with measured data in a wide range of reduced electric field.

  8. Non-contact quantification of laser micro-impulse in water by atomic force microscopy and its application for biomechanics

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    Hosokawa, Yoichiroh

    2011-12-01

    We developed a local force measurement system of a femtosecond laser-induced impulsive force, which is due to shock and stress waves generated by focusing an intense femtosecond laser into water with a highly numerical aperture objective lens. In this system, the force localized in micron-sized region was detected by bending movement of a cantilever of atomic force microscope (AFM). Here we calculated the bending movement of the AFM cantilever when the femtosecond laser is focused in water at the vicinity of the cantilever and the impulsive force is loaded on the cantilever. From the result, a method to estimate the total of the impulsive force at the laser focal point was suggested and applied to estimate intercellular adhesion strength.

  9. Self-injection and acceleration of electrons during ionization of gas atoms by a short laser pulse

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    Singh, K.P.

    2006-04-15

    Using a relativistic three-dimensional single-particle code, acceleration of electrons created during the ionization of nitrogen and oxygen gas atoms by a laser pulse has been studied. Barrier suppression ionization model has been used to calculate ionization time of the bound electrons. The energy gained by the electrons peaks for an optimum value of laser spot size. The electrons created near the tail do not gain sufficient energy for a long duration laser pulse. The electrons created at the tail of pulse escape before fully interacting with the trailing part of the pulse for a short duration laser pulse, which causes electrons to retain sufficient energy. If a suitable frequency chirp is introduced then energy of the electrons created at the tail of the pulse further increases.

  10. Laser excited analytical atomic and ionic fluorescence in flames, furnaces and inductively coupled plasmas—I. General considerations

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    Omenetto, N.; Human, H. G. C.

    Several important parameters for the analytical use of laser excited fluorescence spectrometry in flames, graphite furnaces and inductively coupled plasmas are discussed in some detail. These parameters include the laser characteristics such as peak power, pulse duration, spectral bandwidth and repetition rate, the choice of the excitation line, the optical arrangement and the detection system, this last one centred on the widespread use of the boxcar averager. It is shown that, if the ultimate sensitivity is the goal to be achieved, then the choice must be the electrothermal atomization. However, even for flames and inductively coupled plasmas, excellent results are possible provided that: (i) the laser system allows complete spectral coverage in the ultraviolet: (ii) saturation of the fluorescence signal can be approached over a large sample volume; and (iii) the gated detection parameters and the laser repetition frequency are optimized with respect to each other so as to reach the maximum signal-to-noise ratio.

  11. Study of vertical Si/SiO2 interface using laser-assisted atom probe tomography and transmission electron microscopy.

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    Lee, J H; Lee, B H; Kim, Y T; Kim, J J; Lee, S Y; Lee, K P; Park, C G

    2014-03-01

    Laser-assisted atom probe tomography has opened the way to three-dimensional visualization of nanostructures. However, many questions related to the laser-matter interaction remain unresolved. We demonstrate that the interface reaction can be activated by laser-assisted field evaporation and affects the quantification of the interfacial composition. At a vertical interface between Si and SiO2, a SiO2 molecule tends to combine with a Si atom and evaporate as a SiO molecule, reducing the evaporation field. The features of the reaction depend on the direction of the laser illumination and the inner structure of tip. A high concentration of SiO is observed at a vertical interface between Si and SiO2 when the Si column is positioned at the center of the tip, whereas no significant SiO is detected when the SiO2 layer is at the center. The difference in the interfacial compositions of two samples was due to preferential evaporation of the Si layer. This was explained using transmission electron microscopy observations before and after atom probe experiments. PMID:24411275

  12. Numerical solutions of the time-dependent Schroedinger equation for atoms and molecules in intense laser fields

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    Guan, Xiaoxu

    2015-03-01

    Recent progress in ab initio computational methods allows us to treat the laser-atom, laser-molecule interaction, and other collision processes with improved accuracy. Full-dimensional quantum calculations for even a few particles are extremely demanding because of the unfavorable scaling of the full quantum wave function, but they are of significant importance for understanding the entangled response of electrons and nuclei in a system strongly influenced by intense lasers and particle beams. In this talk I will concentrate on the applications of grid-based approaches to the time-dependent problems of atoms and molecules driven by intense ultrafast laser pulses. The spatial coordinates are discretized via the finite-element discrete-variable representation. Examples include ionization dynamics in complete breakup processes through few-photon absorption in helium atoms and hydrogen molecules, and also time-delayed attosecond transient absorption spectra in helium. This work was supported by DOE DE-FG02-13ER16403, NSF PHY-0757755, NSF PHY-1068140, and XSEDE PHY-090031.

  13. Photolytic-interference-free, femtosecond, two-photon laser-induced fluorescence imaging of atomic oxygen in flames

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    Kulatilaka, Waruna D.; Roy, Sukesh; Jiang, Naibo; Gord, James R.

    2016-02-01

    Ultrashort-pulse lasers are well suited for nonlinear diagnostic techniques such as two-photon laser-induced fluorescence (TPLIF) because the signals generated scale as the laser intensity squared. Furthermore, the broad spectral bandwidths associated with nearly Fourier-transform-limited ultrashort pulses effectively contribute to efficient nonlinear excitation by coupling through a large number of in-phase photon pairs, thereby producing strong fluorescence signals. Additionally, femtosecond (fs)-duration amplified laser systems typically operate at 1-10 kHz repetition rates, enabling high-repetition-rate imaging in dynamic environments. In previous experiments, we have demonstrated utilization of fs pulses for kilohertz (kHz)-rate, interference-free imaging of atomic hydrogen (H) in flames. In the present study, we investigate the utilization of fs-duration pulses to photolytic-interference-free TPLIF imaging of atomic oxygen (O). In TPLIF of O, photodissociation of vibrationally excited carbon dioxide (CO2) is known to be the prominent interference that produces additional O atoms in the medium. We have found that through the use of fs excitation, such interferences can be virtually eliminated in premixed laminar methane flames, which paves the way for two-dimensional imaging of O at kHz data rates. Such measurements can provide critical data for validating complex, multidimensional turbulent-combustion models as well as for investigating flame dynamics in practical combustion devices.

  14. Improved production of Br atoms near zero speed by photodissociating laser aligned Br{sub 2} molecules

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    Deng, L. Z. Yin, J. P.

    2014-10-28

    We theoretically investigated the improvement on the production rate of the decelerated bromine (Br) atoms near zero speed by photodissociating laser aligned Br{sub 2} precursors. Adiabatic alignment of Br{sub 2} precursors exposed to long laser pulses with duration on the order of nanoseconds was investigated by solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. The dynamical fragmentation of adiabatically aligned Br{sub 2} precursors was simulated and velocity distribution of the Br atoms produced was analyzed. Our study shows that the larger the degree of the precursor alignment, 〈cos{sup 2} θ〉, the higher the production rate of the decelerated Br atoms near zero speed. For Br{sub 2} molecules with an initial rotational temperature of ∼1 K, a 〈cos{sup 2} θ〉 value of ∼0.88 can result in an improvement factor of over ∼20 on the production rate of the decelerated Br atoms near zero speed, requiring a laser intensity of only ∼1 × 10{sup 12} W/cm{sup 2} for alignment.

  15. Reactive quenching of two-photon excited xenon atoms by Cl/sub 2/. [Xenon chloride laser

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    Bruce, M.R.; Layne, W.B.; Meyer, E.; Keto, J.W.

    1987-01-01

    Total binary and tertiary quench rates have been measured for the reaction Xe (5p/sup 5/6p) + Cl/sub 2/ at thermal temperatures. Xenon atoms are excited by state-selective, two-photon absorption with a uv laser. The time dependent fluorescence from the excited atom in the IR and from XeCl* (B) product near 308 nm have been measured with subnanosecond time resolution. The decay rates are measured as a function of Cl/sub 2/ pressure to 20 Torr and Xe pressure to 400 Torr. The measured reaction rates (k/sub 2/ approx. 10/sup -9/ cm/sup 3/sec/sup -1/) are consistent with a harpoon model described in a separate paper. We also measure large termolecular reaction rates for collisions with xenon atoms (k/sub 3/ approx. 10/sup -28/ cm/sup 6/sec/sup -1/). Total product fluorescence has been examined using a gated optical multichannel analyzer. We measure unit branching fractions for high vibrational levels of XeCl* (B) with very little C state fluorescence observed. The measured termolecular rates suggest similar processes will dominate at the high buffer-gas pressures used in XeCl lasers. The effect of these large reactive cross sections for neutral xenon atoms on models of the XeCl laser will be discussed.

  16. Broad-band laser optical pumping of Rb for the creation of nuclear polarisation in {sup 3}He

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    Kolachevsky, Nikolai N; Papchenko, A A; Sobel'man, Igor I; Sorokin, Vadim N; Prokof'ichev, Yu V; Skoi, V R

    2000-01-31

    A large volume (30 cm{sup 3}) of dense (up to 10{sup 15} cm{sup -3}) Rb vapour was pumped optically by a high-power laser diode array. The conditions for the propagation of high-power broad-band optical pump radiation through an optically dense medium were examined. A spectroscopic method was developed for determination of the polarisation of Rb. The dependence of the polarisation of Rb on its vapour pressure was investigated at buffer gas pressures of 1, 8, and 13 bar. Under optimal conditions a 15-W diode laser made it possible to polarise at least 10{sup 18} of {sup 3}He atoms per second during collisions between Rb and {sup 3}He atoms, sufficient for the creation of an efficient neutron polariser. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  17. Spatial dynamics of laser-induced fluorescence in an intense laser beam: An experimental and theoretical study with alkali-metal atoms

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    Auzinsh, M.; Berzins, A.; Ferber, R.; Gahbauer, F.; Kalnins, U.

    2016-03-01

    We show that it is possible to model accurately optical phenomena in intense laser fields by taking into account the intensity distribution over the laser beam. We present an extension of an earlier theoretical model that divides an intense laser beam into concentric regions, each with a Rabi frequency that corresponds to the intensity in that region, and solve a set of coupled optical Bloch equations for the density matrix in each region. Experimentally obtained magneto-optical resonance curves for the Fg=2 ⟶Fe=1 transition of the D1 line of 87Rb agree very well with the theoretical model up to a laser intensity of around 200 mW/cm2 for a transition whose saturation intensity is around 4.5 mW/cm2. We examine the spatial dependence of the fluorescence intensity in an intense laser beam experimentally and theoretically. We present and discuss the results of an experiment in which a broad, intense pump laser excites the Fg=4 ⟶Fe=4 transition of the D2 line of cesium while a narrow probe beam scans the atoms within the pump beam and excites the D1 line of cesium, whose fluorescence is recorded as a function of probe beam position. Experimentally obtained spatial profiles of the fluorescence intensity agree qualitatively with the predictions of the model.

  18. Role of Photoexcitation and Field Ionization in the Measurement of Accurate Oxide Stoichiometry by Laser-Assisted Atom Probe Tomography

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    Devaraj, Arun; Colby, Robert J.; Hess, Wayne P.; Perea, Daniel E.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2013-03-06

    Pulsed lasers extend the high spatial and mass resolution of atom probe tomography (APT) to non-conducting materials, such as oxides. For prototypical metal oxide MgO, measured stoichiometry depends strongly upon pulse energy and applied voltage. Very low laser energies (0.02 pJ) and high electric fields yield optimal stoichiometric accuracy, attributed to the field-dependent ionization of photo-desorbed O or O2 neutrals. This emphasizes the importance of considering electronic excitations in APT analysis of oxides ionic materials.

  19. CLASSICAL AREAS OF PHENOMENOLOGY: Population transfer by femtosecond laser pulses in a ladder-type atomic system

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    Fan, Xi-Jun; Li, Ai-Yun; Tong, Dian-Min; Liu, Cheng-Pu

    2008-07-01

    The population transfer in a ladder-type atomic system driven by linearly polarized sech-shape femtosecond laser pulses is investigated by numerically solving Schrödinger equation without including the rotating wave approximation (RWA). It is shown that population transfer is mainly determined by the Rabi frequency (strength) of the driving laser field and the chirp rate, and that the ratio of the dipole moments and the pulse width also have a prominent effect on the population transfer. By choosing appropriate values of the above parameters, complete population transfer can be realized.

  20. Topotactic changes on η-Mo4O11 caused by biased atomic force microscope tip and cw-laser

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    Borovšak, Miloš; Šutar, Petra; Goreshnik, Evgeny; Mihailovic, Dragan

    2015-11-01

    We present topotactic changes on Mo4O11 crystals induced by a biased atomic force microscope tip and continuous laser. The transformation does not change the topography of the samples, while the surface potential shows remarkable changes on areas where the biased AFM tip was applied. No structural changes were observed by Raman spectroscopy, but AFM scans revealed changes to surface potential due to laser illumination. The observed phenomenon could be potentially useful for memristive memory devices considering the fact that properties of other molybdenum oxides vary from metallic to insulators.

  1. Angular distribution of atoms emitted from a SrZrO{sub 3} target by laser ablation under different laser fluences and oxygen pressures

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    Konomi, I.; Motohiro, T.; Azuma, H.; Asaoka, T.; Nakazato, T.; Sato, E.; Shimizu, T.; Fujioka, S.; Sarukura, N.; Nishimura, H.

    2010-05-15

    Angular distributions of atoms emitted by laser ablation of perovskite-type oxide SrZrO{sub 3} have been investigated using electron probe microanalysis with wavelength-dispersive spectroscopy and charge-coupled device photography with an interference filter. Each constituent element has been analyzed as a two-modal distribution composed of a broad cos{sup m} {theta} distribution and a narrow cos{sup n} {theta} distribution. The exponent n characterizes the component of laser ablation while the exponent m characterizes that of thermal evaporation, where a larger n or m means a narrower angular distribution. In vacuum, O (n=6) showed a broader distribution than those of Sr (n=16) and Zr (n=17), and Sr{sup +} exhibited a spatial distribution similar to that of Sr. As the laser fluence was increased from 1.1 to 4.4 J/cm{sup 2}, the angular distribution of Sr became narrower. In the laser fluence range of 1.1-4.4 J/cm{sup 2}, broadening of the angular distribution of Sr was observed only at the fluence of 1.1 J/cm{sup 2} under the oxygen pressure of 10 Pa. Monte Carlo simulations were performed to estimate approximately the energy of emitted atoms, focusing on the broadening of the angular distribution under the oxygen pressure of 10 Pa. The energies of emitted atoms were estimated to be 1-20 eV for the laser fluence of 1.1 J/cm{sup 2}, and more than 100 eV for 2.2 and 4.4 J/cm{sup 2}.

  2. Development of an electric field application system with transparent electrodes towards the electron EDM measurement with laser-cooled Fr atoms

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    Ishikawa, Taisuke; Ando, Shun; Aoki, Takahiro; Arikawa, Hiroshi; Harada, Ken-Ichi; Hayamizu, Tomohiro; Inoue, Takeshi; Itoh, Masatoshi; Kawamura, Hirokazu; Kato, Ko; Sakamoto, Kosuke; Uchiyama, Aiko; Sakemi, Yasuhiro

    2014-09-01

    The permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of elementary particles is a good probe for new physics beyond the standard model. Since the francium (Fr) atom has a large enhancement factor of the electron EDM and laser-cooled atoms can have long coherence times, we plan to utilize laser-cooled Fr atoms for the electron EDM search experiment. Besides, a strong electric field is one of key issues for the EDM experiment. Recently, we have embarked on a development of the electric field application system with transparent electrodes coated by tin-doped indium oxide (ITO). The ITO electrodes break the difficulty in the coexistence of electrodes with several cooling laser lights. The actual electric field applied to the atom is evaluated by measuring the dc Stark shift for the laser-cooled rubidium atoms. In this presentation, the present status of the electric field application system will be reported. The permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of elementary particles is a good probe for new physics beyond the standard model. Since the francium (Fr) atom has a large enhancement factor of the electron EDM and laser-cooled atoms can have long coherence times, we plan to utilize laser-cooled Fr atoms for the electron EDM search experiment. Besides, a strong electric field is one of key issues for the EDM experiment. Recently, we have embarked on a development of the electric field application system with transparent electrodes coated by tin-doped indium oxide (ITO). The ITO electrodes break the difficulty in the coexistence of electrodes with several cooling laser lights. The actual electric field applied to the atom is evaluated by measuring the dc Stark shift for the laser-cooled rubidium atoms. In this presentation, the present status of the electric field application system will be reported. This work is supported by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (No. 26220705) and Tohoku University's Focused Research Project.

  3. The E2/M1 amplitude ratio in a dc-field-induced two-laser-wave mixing in atoms

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    Mironova, Polina V; Ovsiannikov, Vitalii D; Pershin, Nikita V; Chaplygin, Evgenii V

    2004-05-31

    The effect of a dc electric and (or) magnetic field on the cross section for coherent mixing of two laser waves in atoms is determined. Analytic expressions are obtained for the cross-section dependence on polarisation of incident and generated waves, which allow the measurement of the E2/M1 amplitude ratio Q from the efficiency of a constant-field-induced coherent process for collinear waves. Analytic expressions are also derived for the polarisation dependence of the cross section for frequency mixing in indium and thallium atoms.

  4. An electrostatic glass actuator for ultrahigh vacuum: A rotating light trap for continuous beams of laser-cooled atoms.

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    Füzesi, F; Jornod, A; Thomann, P; Plimmer, M D; Dudle, G; Moser, R; Sache, L; Bleuler, H

    2007-10-01

    This article describes the design, characterization, and performance of an electrostatic glass actuator adapted to an ultrahigh vacuum environment (10(-8) mbar). The three-phase rotary motor is used to drive a turbine that acts as a velocity-selective light trap for a slow continuous beam of laser-cooled atoms. This simple, compact, and nonmagnetic device should find applications in the realm of time and frequency metrology, as well as in other areas of atomic, molecular physics and elsewhere. PMID:17979408

  5. Single and double multiphoton ionization of Li and Be atoms by strong laser fields

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    Telnov, Dmitry; Heslar, John; Chu, Shih-I.

    2011-05-01

    The time-dependent density functional theory with self-interaction correction and proper asymptotic long-range potential is extended for nonperturbative treatment of multiphoton single and double ionization of Li and Be atoms by strong 800 nm laser fields. We make use of the time-dependent Krieger-Li-Iafrate (TDKLI) exchange-correlation potential with the integer discontinuity which improves the description of the double ionization process. However, we have found that the discontinuity of the TDKLI potential is not sufficient to reproduce the characteristic feature of double ionization. This may happen because the discontinuity of the TDKLI potential is related to the spin particle numbers only and not to the total particle number. Introducing a discontinuity with respect to the total particle number to the exchange-correlation potential, we were able to obtain the knee structure in the intensity dependence of the double ionization probability of Be. This work was partially supported by DOE and NSF and by NSC-Taiwan.

  6. Double resonance fequency light shift compensation in optically oriented laser-pumped alkali atoms

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    Baranov, A. A. Ermak, S. V.; Sagitov, E. A.; Smolin, R. V.; Semenov, V. V.

    2015-09-15

    The contributions of the vector and scalar components to the magnetically dependent microwave transition frequency light shift are analyzed and the compensation of these components is experimentally demonstrated for the {sup 87}Rb atoms optically oriented by a laser tuned to the D{sub 2} line of the head doublet. The Allan variance is studied as a function of the averaging time for a tandem of optically pumped quantum magnetometers (OPQMs), one of which is based on a low-frequency spin oscillator while another is based on a quantum microwave discriminator with a resonance frequency that corresponds to magnetically dependent transitions between HFS sublevels with the extremal value of the magnetic quantum number. It is shown that the compensation of the scalar and vector components of the light shift in OPQMs reduces the Allan variance at averaging times that exceed hundreds of seconds compared to a quantum discriminator based on the magnetically independent 0–0 transition. In this case, the minimal Allan variance in OPQMs at the end resonance is achieved at considerably longer averaging times than in the case of the quantum discriminator that is tuned to the 0–0 transition frequency.

  7. Double resonance fequency light shift compensation in optically oriented laser-pumped alkali atoms

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    Baranov, A. A.; Ermak, S. V.; Sagitov, E. A.; Smolin, R. V.; Semenov, V. V.

    2015-09-01

    The contributions of the vector and scalar components to the magnetically dependent microwave transition frequency light shift are analyzed and the compensation of these components is experimentally demonstrated for the 87Rb atoms optically oriented by a laser tuned to the D 2 line of the head doublet. The Allan variance is studied as a function of the averaging time for a tandem of optically pumped quantum magnetometers (OPQMs), one of which is based on a low-frequency spin oscillator while another is based on a quantum microwave discriminator with a resonance frequency that corresponds to magnetically dependent transitions between HFS sublevels with the extremal value of the magnetic quantum number. It is shown that the compensation of the scalar and vector components of the light shift in OPQMs reduces the Allan variance at averaging times that exceed hundreds of seconds compared to a quantum discriminator based on the magnetically independent 0-0 transition. In this case, the minimal Allan variance in OPQMs at the end resonance is achieved at considerably longer averaging times than in the case of the quantum discriminator that is tuned to the 0-0 transition frequency.

  8. High efficiency coherent optical memory with warm rubidium vapour

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    Hosseini, M.; Sparkes, B.M.; Campbell, G.; Lam, P.K.; Buchler, B.C.

    2011-01-01

    By harnessing aspects of quantum mechanics, communication and information processing could be radically transformed. Promising forms of quantum information technology include optical quantum cryptographic systems and computing using photons for quantum logic operations. As with current information processing systems, some form of memory will be required. Quantum repeaters, which are required for long distance quantum key distribution, require quantum optical memory as do deterministic logic gates for optical quantum computing. Here, we present results from a coherent optical memory based on warm rubidium vapour and show 87% efficient recall of light pulses, the highest efficiency measured to date for any coherent optical memory suitable for quantum information applications. We also show storage and recall of up to 20 pulses from our system. These results show that simple warm atomic vapour systems have clear potential as a platform for quantum memory. PMID:21285952

  9. A practical uncertainty budget for ambient mercury vapour measurement

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    Brown, Richard J. C.; Brown, Andrew S.; Yardley, Rachel E.; Corns, Warren T.; Stockwell, Peter B.

    Measurements of mercury in ambient air are assuming greater importance, because of increasing health concerns and European legislation. In order to have confidence in measured values and to assess compliance with target values, measurements must be made with validated methodologies which have traceable uncertainty statements associated with them. This paper presents a practical uncertainty budget for the measurement of vapour-phase mercury in ambient air, sampling onto a gold-coated silica adsorption tube and measuring with atomic fluorescence spectrometry. Moreover, this budget may be generalised for other related measurement methods for mercury vapour and other ambient air pollutants. All significant sources of uncertainty are discussed and estimated. Expanded relative uncertainties at the 95% confidence interval of approximately 17% are estimated for exemplar measurements made by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) as part of the UK Heavy Metals Monitoring Network.

  10. Dichlorvos vapour disinsection of aircraft

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    Jensen, Jens A.; Flury, Vincent P.; Schoof, Herbert F.

    1965-01-01

    The authors describe the testing of an automatic aircraft disinsection system permanently installed on a commercial DC-6B passenger aircraft. An air-compressor forces ambient cabin air, partially saturated with dichlorvos vapour at a set concentration, through the cabin, cockpit and baggage compartments of the aircraft for 30 minutes. Insecticide concentrations and insect mortality were observed in post-overhaul check flights, and insect mortality and passenger reactions were observed on scheduled flights between Miami, Florida, and Nassau, Bahamas. The results showed satisfactory biological efficiency. The passengers were unaware of the disinsection process and showed no signs of discomfort. ImagesFIG. 1FIG. 2FIG. 3 PMID:14310904

  11. Large numbers of cold positronium atoms created in laser-selected Rydberg states using resonant charge exchange

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    McConnell, R.; Gabrielse, G.; Kolthammer, W. S.; Richerme, P.; Müllers, A.; Walz, J.; Grzonka, D.; Zielinski, M.; Fitzakerley, D.; George, M. C.; Hessels, E. A.; Storry, C. H.; Weel, M.; ATRAP Collaboration

    2016-03-01

    Lasers are used to control the production of highly excited positronium atoms (Ps*). The laser light excites Cs atoms to Rydberg states that have a large cross section for resonant charge-exchange collisions with cold trapped positrons. For each trial with 30 million trapped positrons, more than 700 000 of the created Ps* have trajectories near the axis of the apparatus, and are detected using Stark ionization. This number of Ps* is 500 times higher than realized in an earlier proof-of-principle demonstration (2004 Phys. Lett. B 597 257). A second charge exchange of these near-axis Ps* with trapped antiprotons could be used to produce cold antihydrogen, and this antihydrogen production is expected to be increased by a similar factor.

  12. Analytic description of high-order harmonic generation by atoms in a two-color laser field

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    Frolov, M. V.; Manakov, N. L.; Silaev, A. A.; Vvedenskii, N. V.

    2010-06-15

    A closed-form analytic formula describing high-order harmonic generation (HHG) in a two-color field of frequencies {omega} and 2{omega} is derived quantum mechanically in the low-frequency (tunneling) limit for an electron bound by a short-range potential and generalized to the case of an active electron in a neutral atom. The HHG rates are presented as a product of an electron wave packet describing the ionization of an active electron and its propagation in a laser field up to the recombination event and an atom-specific cross section of the electron's photorecombination. In contrast to the case of a monochromatic laser pulse [Frolov et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 243901 (2009)], the two-color wave packet involves the interference of two terms (involving the Airy function) that describe the emission of harmonics during the first and second half-cycles of the fundamental laser cycle and give rise to the two-plateau structures in the HHG spectra. For the case of the H atom, we show that our analytic results are in good agreement with those obtained from a numerical solution of the three-dimensional time-dependent Schroedinger equation. The factorization formula is used for describing the dependence of HHG rates for inert gases on the relative phase and intensities of the {omega} and 2{omega} components of a laser field. It is shown that atomic structure (including electron correlation) effects can modify substantially the two-color HHG spectra of inert gases.

  13. Sensing response of copper phthalocyanine salt dispersed glass with organic vapours

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    Ridhi, R.; Sachdeva, Sheenam; Saini, G. S. S.; Tripathi, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    Copper Phthalocyanine and other Metal Phthalocyanines are very flexible and tuned easily to modify their structural, spectroscopic, optical and electrical properties by either functionalizing them with various substituent groups or by replacing or adding a ligand to the central metal atom in the phthalocyanine ring and accordingly can be made sensitive and selective to various organic species or gaseous vapours. In the present work, we have dispersed Copper Phthalocyanine Salt (CuPcS) in sol-gel glass form using chemical route sol-gel method and studied its sensing mechanism with organic vapours like methanol and benzene and found that current increases onto their exposure with vapours. A variation in the activation energies was also observed with exposure of vapours.

  14. Vapour sensitivity of an ALD hierarchical photonic structure inspired by Morpho.

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    Poncelet, Olivier; Tallier, Guillaume; Mouchet, Sébastien R; Crahay, André; Rasson, Jonathan; Kotipalli, Ratan; Deparis, Olivier; Francis, Laurent A

    2016-01-01

    The unique architecture of iridescent Morpho butterfly scales is known to exhibit different optical responses to various vapours. However, the mechanism behind this phenomenon is not fully quantitatively understood. This work reports on process developments in the micro-fabrication of a Morpho-inspired photonic structure in atomic layer deposited (ALD) materials in order to investigate the vapour optical sensitivity of such artificial nanostructures. By developing recipes for dry and wet etching of ALD oxides, we micro-fabricated two structures: one combining Al2O3 and TiO2, and the other combining Al2O3 and HfO2. For the first time, we report the optical response of such ALD Morpho-like structures measured under a controlled flow of either ethanol or isopropyl alcohol (IPA) vapour. In spite of the small magnitude of the effect, the results show a selective vapour response (depending on the materials used). PMID:27159922

  15. Quantum theory of two-photon correlated-spontaneous-emission lasers: Exact atom-field interaction Hamiltonian approach

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    Lu, N.; Zhu, S. )

    1989-11-15

    A quantum theory of two-photon correlated-spontaneous-emission lasers (CEL's) is developed, starting from the exact atom-field interaction Hamiltonian for cascade three-level atoms interacting with a single-mode radiation field. We consider the situation where the active atoms are prepared initially in a coherent superposition of three atomic levels and derive a master equation for the field-density operator by using a quantum theory for coherently pumped lasers. The master equation is transformed into a Fokker-Planck equation for the antinormal-ordering {ital Q} function. The drift coefficients of the Fokker-Planck equation enable us to study the steady-state operation of the two-photon CEL's analytically. We have studied both resonant two-photon CEL for which there is no threshold, and off-resonant two-photon CEL for which there exists a threshold. In both cases the initial atomic coherences provide phase locking, and squeezing in the phase quadrature of the field is found. The off-resonant two-photon CEL can build up from a vacuum when its linear gain is larger than the cavity loss (even without population inversion). Maximum squeezing is found in the no-population-inversion region with the laser intensities far below saturation in both cases, which are more than 90% for the resonant two-photon CEL and nearly 50% for the off-resonant one. Approximate steady-state {ital Q} functions are obtained for the resonant two-photon CEL and, in certain circumstances, for the off-resonant one.

  16. Two-dimensional imaging of atomic and nanoparticle components in copper plasma plume produced by ultrafast laser ablation

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    Anoop, K. K.; Ni, Xiaochang; Bianco, M.; Paparo, D.; Wang, X.; Bruzzese, R.; Amoruso, S.

    2014-10-01

    We report on the spatial and temporal evolution of the plume generated during ultrafast laser ablation of a pure copper target with 800 nm, ≈50 fs, Ti: Sapphire laser pulses. Time-gated imaging was used to record 2-dimensional images of plume populations. The temporal evolution of neutral (Cu*), and ionic (Cu+) components of the plume are separately imaged by exploiting bandpass interference filters, while nanoparticles are investigated by collecting their characteristic broadband emission. The ionic component of the plume moves two to three times faster than the neutral component, with a velocity which is almost independent of laser fluence. Plume emission intensity variations at different fluences and delay times are studied for both atomic and nanoparticle components.

  17. Spectroscopy of the three-photon laser excitation of cold Rubidium Rydberg atoms in a magneto-optical trap

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    Entin, V. M.; Yakshina, E. A.; Tretyakov, D. B.; Beterov, I. I.; Ryabtsev, I. I.

    2013-05-15

    The spectra of the three-photon laser excitation 5S{sub 1/2} {yields} 5P{sub 3/2} {yields} 6S{sub 1/2}nP of cold Rb Rydberg atoms in an operating magneto-optical trap based on continuous single-frequency lasers at each stage are studied. These spectra contain two partly overlapping peaks of different amplitudes, which correspond to coherent three-photon excitation and incoherent three-step excitation due to the presence of two different ways of excitation through the dressed states of intermediate levels. A four-level theoretical model based on optical Bloch equations is developed to analyze these spectra. Good agreement between the experimental and calculated data is achieved by introducing additional decay of optical coherence induced by a finite laser line width and other broadening sources (stray electromagnetic fields, residual Doppler broadening, interatomic interactions) into the model.

  18. Sensitivity function analysis of gravitational wave detection with single-laser and large-momentum-transfer atomic sensors

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    Tang, Biao; Zhang, Bao-Cheng; Zhou, Lin; Wang, Jin; Zhan, Ming-Sheng

    2015-03-01

    Recently, a configuration using atomic interferometers (AIs) had been suggested for the detection of gravitational waves. A new AI with some additional laser pulses for implementing large momentum transfer was also put forward, in order to reduce the effect of shot noise and laser frequency noise. We use a sensitivity function to analyze all possible configurations of the new AI and to distinguish how many momenta are transferred in a specific configuration. By analyzing the new configuration, we further explore a detection scheme for gravitational waves, in particular, that ameliorates laser frequency noise. We find that the amelioration occurs in such a scheme, but novelly, in some cases, the frequency noise can be canceled completely by using a proper data processing method. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

  19. Generation of Attosecond X-ray Pulses Beyond the Atomic Unit of Time Using Laser Induced Microbunching in Electron Beams

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    Xiang, D.; Huang, Z.; Stupakov, G.; /SLAC

    2009-12-11

    Ever since the discovery of mode-locking, efforts have been devoted to reducing the duration of laser pulses since the ultrashort pulses are critical to explore the dynamics occurred on a ever-shorter timescale. In this paper we describe a scheme that's capable of generating intense attosecond x-ray pulses with duration beyond the atomic unit of time ({approx}24 attoseconds). The scheme combines the echo-enabled harmonic generation technique with the bunch compression which allows one to generate harmonic numbers of a few hundred in a microbunched beam through up-conversion of the frequency of a UV seed laser. A few-cycle intense IR laser is used to generate the required energy chirp in the beam for bunch compression and for selection of an attosecond x-ray pulse. Using a representative realistic set of parameters, we show that 1 nm x-ray pulse with peak power of a few hundred MW and duration as short as 20 attoseconds (FWHM) can be generated from a 200 nm UV seed laser. The proposed scheme may enable the study of electronic dynamics with a resolution beyond the atomic unit of time and may open a new regime of ultrafast sciences.

  20. Prospects for atomic magnetometers employing hollow core optical fibre

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    Ironside, C. N.; Seunarine, K.; Tandoi, G.; Luiten, A. N.

    2011-07-01

    Presently, among the most demanding applications for highly sensitive magnetometers are Magnetocardiography (MCG) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG), where sensitivities of around 1pT.Hz-1/2 and 1fT.Hz-1/2 are required. Cryogenic Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) are currently used as the magnetometers. However, there has been some recent work on replacing these devices with magnetometers based on atomic spectroscopy and operating at room temperature. There are demonstrations of MCG and MEG signals measured using atomic spectroscopy These atomic magnetometers are based on chip-scale microfabricated components. In this paper we discuss the prospects of using photonic crystal optical fibres or hollow core fibres (HCFs) loaded with Rb vapour in atomic magnetometer systems. We also consider new components for magnetometers based on mode-locked semiconductor lasers for measuring magnetic field via coherent population trapping (CPT) in Rb loaded HCFs.

  1. Zeeman effects in the hyperfine structure of atomic iodine photodissociation laser emission.

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    Hwang, W. C.; Kasper, J. V. V.

    1972-01-01

    Observation of hyperfine structure in laser emission from CF3I and C2F5I photodissociation lasers. Constant magnetic fields affect the time behavior of the emission by changing the relative gains of the hyperfine transitions. Time-varying fields usually present in photodissociation lasers further complicate the emission.

  2. Photothermal excitation and laser Doppler velocimetry of higher cantilever vibration modes for dynamic atomic force microscopy in liquid

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    Nishida, Shuhei; Kobayashi, Dai; Sakurada, Takeo; Nakazawa, Tomonori; Hoshi, Yasuo; Kawakatsu, Hideki

    2008-12-15

    The authors present an optically based method combining photothermal excitation and laser Doppler velocimetry of higher cantilever vibration modes for dynamic atomic force microscopy in liquid. The frequency spectrum of a silicon cantilever measured in water over frequencies ranging up to 10 MHz shows that the method allows us to excite and detect higher modes, from fundamental to fifth flexural, without enhancing spurious resonances. By reducing the tip oscillation amplitude using higher modes, the average tip-sample force gradient due to chemical bonds is effectively increased to achieve high-spatial-resolution imaging in liquid. The method's performance is demonstrated by atomic resolution imaging of a mica surface in water obtained using the second flexural mode with a small tip amplitude of 99 pm; individual atoms on the surface with small height differences of up to 60 pm are clearly resolved.

  3. Spectroscopy of intercombination transition 1S0 - 3P1 for secondary cooling of strontium atoms

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    Khabarova, K. Yu; Galyshev, A. A.; Strelkin, S. A.; Kostin, A. S.; Belotelov, G. S.; Berdasov, O. I.; Gribov, A.; Kolachevsky, N. N.; Slyusarev, S. N.

    2015-02-01

    In the framework of the project aimed at creating an optical standard on cold Sr atoms we have realised sub-Doppler spectroscopy of the intercombination transition 1S0 - 3P1 (689 nm) in a cell with Sr vapour and in a cloud of atoms loaded in a magneto- optical trap (MOT). By measuring Zeeman splitting of the 3P1 level in the magnetic field of the MOT we have succeeded in fine adjustment of the MOT relative to a minimum of the magnetic field, which is necessary for successful secondary-stage cooling on the intercombination transition. In turn, absorption saturation spectroscopy in the vapour cell provides the long-term frequency stability of the second-stage cooling laser at λ = 689 nm.

  4. ac Stark shift in double resonance and coherent population trapping in a wall-coated cell for compact Rb atomic clocks

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    Miletic, Danijela; Bandi, Thejesh; Affolderbach, Christoph; Mileti, Gaetano

    2012-05-01

    We present a comparative study of the light-shifts (ac Stark shift) in a Rb vapour cell using two possible schemes for Rb atomic clocks: double resonance (DR) and coherent population trapping (CPT). For both schemes, the same wall-coated cell in a compact atomic resonator was used. The light-shift resulting from a monochromatic (DR) or a non-monochromatic (CPT) optical excitation was measured as a function of the laser intensity and the laser frequency and compared with existing theoretical results.

  5. Quantum cascade laser-based measurement of metal alkylamide density during atomic layer deposition.

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    Maslar, James E; Kimes, William A; Sperling, Brent A

    2012-03-01

    An in situ gas-phase diagnostic for the metal alkylamide compound tetrakis(ethylmethylamido) hafnium (TEMAH), Hf[N(C(2)H(5))(CH(3))](4), was demonstrated. This diagnostic is based on direct absorption measurement of TEMAH vapor using an external cavity quantum cascade laser emitting at 979 cm(-1), coinciding with the most intense TEMAH absorption in the mid-infrared spectral region, and employing 50 kHz amplitude modulation with synchronous detection. Measurements were performed in a single-pass configuration in a research-grade atomic layer deposition (ALD) chamber. To examine the detection limit of this technique for use as a TEMAH delivery monitor, this technique was demonstrated in the absence of any other deposition reactants or products, and to examine the selectivity of this technique in the presence of deposition products that potentially interfere with detection of TEMAH vapor, it was demonstrated during ALD of hafnium oxide using TEMAH and water. This technique successfully detected TEMAH at molecular densities present during simulated industrial ALD conditions. During hafnium oxide ALD using TEMAH and water, absorbance from gas-phase reaction products did not interfere with TEMAH measurements while absorption by reaction products deposited on the optical windows did interfere, although interfering absorption by deposited reaction products corresponded to only ≈4% of the total derived TEMAH density. With short measurement times and appropriate signal averaging, estimated TEMAH minimum detectable densities as low as ≈2 × 10(12) molecules/cm(3) could be obtained. While this technique was demonstrated specifically for TEMAH delivery and hafnium oxide ALD using TEMAH and water, it should be readily applicable to other metal alkylamide compounds and associated metal oxide and nitride deposition chemistries, assuming similar metal alkylamide molar absorptivity and molecular density in the measurement chamber. PMID:22449311

  6. Atom probe tomography characterisation of a laser diode structure grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Bennett, Samantha E.; Humphreys, Colin J.; Oliver, Rachel A.; Smeeton, Tim M.; Hooper, Stewart E.; Heffernan, Jonathan; Saxey, David W.; Smith, George D. W.

    2012-03-01

    Atom probe tomography (APT) has been used to achieve three-dimensional characterization of a III-nitride laser diode (LD) structure grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Four APT data sets have been obtained, with fields of view up to 400 nm in depth and 120 nm in diameter. These data sets contain material from the InGaN quantum well (QW) active region, as well as the surrounding p- and n-doped waveguide and cladding layers, enabling comprehensive study of the structure and composition of the LD structure. Two regions of the same sample, with different average indium contents (18% and 16%) in the QW region, were studied. The APT data are shown to provide easy access to the p-type dopant levels, and the composition of a thin AlGaN barrier layer. Next, the distribution of indium within the InGaN QW was analyzed, to assess any possible inhomogeneity of the distribution of indium (''indium clustering''). No evidence for a statistically significant deviation from a random distribution was found, indicating that these MBE-grown InGaN QWs do not require indium clusters for carrier localization. However, the APT data show steps in the QW interfaces, leading to well-width fluctuations, which may act to localize carriers. Additionally, the unexpected presence of a small amount (x = 0.005) of indium in a layer grown intentionally as GaN was revealed. Finally, the same statistical method applied to the QW was used to show that the indium distribution within a thick InGaN waveguide layer in the n-doped region did not show any deviation from randomness.

  7. Atomic physics of relativistic high contrast laser-produced plasmas in experiments on Leopard laser facility at UNR

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    Safronova, A. S.; Kantsyrev, V. L.; Faenov, A. Y.; Safronova, U. I.; Wiewior, P.; Renard-Le Galloudec, N.; Esaulov, A. A.; Weller, M. E.; Stafford, A.; Wilcox, P.; Shrestha, I.; Ouart, N. D.; Shlyaptseva, V.; Osborne, G. C.; Chalyy, O.; Paudel, Y.

    2012-06-01

    The results of the recent experiments focused on study of x-ray radiation from multicharged plasmas irradiated by relativistic (I > 1019 W/cm2) sub-ps laser pulses on Leopard laser facility at NTF/UNR are presented. These shots were done under different experimental conditions related to laser pulse and contrast. In particular, the duration of the laser pulse was 350 fs or 0.8 ns and the contrast was varied from high (10-7) to moderate (10-5). The thin laser targets (from 4 to 750 μm) made of a broad range of materials (from Teflon to iron and molybden to tungsten and gold) were utilized. Using the x-ray diagnostics including the high-precision spectrometer with resolution R ˜ 3000 and a survey spectrometer, we have observed unique spectral features that are illustrated in this paper. Specifically, the observed L-shell spectra for Fe targets subject to high intensity lasers (˜1019 W/cm2) indicate electron beams, while at lower intensities (˜1016 W/cm2) or for Cu targets there is much less evidence for an electron beam. In addition, K-shell Mg features with dielectronic satellites from high-Rydberg states, and the new K-shell F features with dielectronic satellites including exotic transitions from hollow ions are highlighted.

  8. Deuterium excess in the atmospheric water vapour of a Mediterranean coastal wetland: regional vs. local signatures

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    Delattre, H.; Vallet-Coulomb, C.; Sonzogni, C.

    2015-09-01

    Stable isotopes of water vapour represent a powerful tool for tracing atmospheric vapour origin and mixing processes. Laser spectrometry recently allowed high time-resolution measurements, but despite an increasing number of experimental studies, there is still a need for a better understanding of the isotopic signal variability at different time scales. We present results of in situ measurements of δ18O and δD during 36 consecutive days in summer 2011 in atmospheric vapour of a Mediterranean coastal wetland exposed to high evaporation (Camargue, Rhône River delta, France). The mean composition of atmospheric vapour (δv) is δ18O = -14.66 ‰ and δD = - 95.4 ‰, with data plotting clearly above the local meteoric water line on a δ18O-δD plot, and an average deuterium excess (d) of 21.9 ‰. Important diurnal d variations are observed, and an hourly time scale analysis is necessary to interpret the main processes involved in its variability. After having classified the data according to air mass back trajectories, we analyse the average daily cycles relating to the two main meteorological situations, i.e. air masses originating from North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. In both situations, we show that diurnal fluctuations are driven by (1) the influence of local evaporation, culminating during daytime, and leading to an increase in absolute water vapour concentration associated to a δv enrichment and d increase; (2) vertical air mass redistribution when the Planetary Boundary Layer collapses in the evening, leading to a d decrease, and (3) dew formation during the night, producing a δv depletion with d remaining stable. Using a two-component mixing model, we calculate the average composition of the locally evaporated vapour (δE). We find higher d(E) under North Atlantic air mass conditions, which is consistent with lower humidity conditions. We also suggest that δv measured when the PBL collapses is the most representative of a regional signal. Strong, cold and dry winds coming from the north bring an isotopically depleted vapour, while light, warm and wet winds coming from the south bring an isotopically enriched vapour. Under northern conditions, a strong advection rate dilutes the contribution of the locally evaporated vapour (δE) to the ambient moisture (δv). The higher d values measured under northern conditions, compared to the Mediterranean situation, thus results from the combination of a higher d in both local and regional vapour. This depiction of typical daily cycles of water vapour isotopic composition can be used as a framework for further quantitative analyses of vapour sources during specific days.

  9. The Saga of Light-Matter Interaction and Magneto-optical Effects Applications to Atomic Magnetometry, Laser-cooled Atoms, Atomic Clocks, Geomagnetism, and Plant Bio-magnetism

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    Corsini, Eric P.

    The quest to expand the limited sensorial domain, in particular to bridge the inability to gauge magnetic fields near and far, has driven the fabrication of remedial tools. The interaction of ferromagnetic material with a magnetic field had been the only available technique to gauge that field for several millennium. The advent of electricity and associated classical phenomena captured in the four Maxwell equations, were a step forward. In the early 1900s, the model of quantum mechanics provided a two-way leap forward. One came from the newly understood interaction of light and matter, and more specifically the three-way coupling of photons, atoms' angular momenta, and magnetic field, which are the foundations of atomic magnetometry. The other came from magnetically sensitive quantum effects in a fabricated energy-ladder form of matter cooled to a temperature below that of the energy steps; these quantum effects gave rise to the superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). Research using atomic magnetometers and SQUIDs has resulted in thousands of publications, text books, and conferences. The current status in each field is well described in Refs. [48,49,38,42] and all references therein. In this work we develop and investigate techniques and applications pertaining to atomic magnetometry. [Full text: eric.corsini gmail.com].

  10. High-order optical harmonic generation as a process of single atom interaction with sub-relativistic single- and multicolor laser fields

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    Andreev, A. V.; Stremoukhov, S. Yu.; Shoutova, O. A.

    2012-07-30

    We present a non-perturbative theory of a single atom interaction with the multicolor laser field. The theory is based on the use of exact mathematical solutions of the boundary value problem for 'an atom in the external field', as a result the case of arbitrary orientation of atomic angular momentum and electromagnetic wave polarization vector can be described in the consistent mathematical form. We also present the results of numerical simulations on silver and argon atoms interaction with single-and two-color laser fields formed by fundamental frequency and second harmonic of Ti:Sapphire laser. The results of numerical calculations show that the efficiency of high-order harmonic generation (HHG) depends strongly on the laser field parameters (especially on the orientation of polarization vectors and chirp of the two-color laser field components). We have demonstrated the saturation of the cut-off frequency in the laser fields of near-atomic strength and investigated the impact of the field phase in the case of ultrashort laser pulses.

  11. A sensitive and accurate atomic magnetometer based on free spin precession

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    Grujić, Zoran D.; Koss, Peter A.; Bison, Georg; Weis, Antoine

    2015-05-01

    We present a laser-based atomic magnetometer that allows inferring the modulus of a magnetic field from the free Larmor precession of spin-oriented Cs vapour atoms. The detection of free spin precession (FSP) is not subject to systematic readout errors that occur in phase feedback-controlled magnetometers in which the spin precession is actively driven by an oscillating field or a modulation of light parameters, such as frequency, amplitude, or polarization. We demonstrate that an FSP-magnetometer can achieve a ˜200 fT/√Hz sensitivity (<100 fT/√Hz in the shotnoise limit) and an absolute accuracy at the same level.

  12. Large increase in the electron capture and excitation cross sections for Li+ colliding with atomic H under UV laser assistance

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    Domínguez-Gutiérrez, F. J.; Cabrera-Trujillo, R.

    2015-07-01

    Neutralization and ash products due to electron capture processes in plasmas reduce the efficiency of energy generation in fusion Tokamak reactors. Therefore, lithium ions have been used to improve the efficiency of energy generation where good control of the electron capture process is required. Here, we show that an intense (1.4× {{10}13} W cm-2), ultra-short (1 fs at full width half-maximum) Gaussian laser pulse in the UV region can enhance the electron capture process on L{{i}+}+H(1s) in the low collision keV energy region. We find a factor of 10 enhancement in electron capture cross-section at impact energies lower than 10 keV amu-1 for an 80 nm wavelength laser and a factor of 2 for the excitation process in the hydrogen atom as compared to the laser-free case. In contrast, for a 200 nm wavelength laser the increase of the electron capture cross-sections takes place around 1 keV amu-1 by a factor of 3 and no enhancement for the excitation process. Our results show that the UV assisted production of Li can be controlled, particularly for short UV wave-length for a specific collision energy range. We anticipate that our findings will facilitate UV laser control of the Li production in Tokamak reactors and encourage further experimental work in this system.

  13. Volumetric intensity dependence on the formation of molecular and atomic ions within a high intensity laser focus.

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    Robson, Lynne; Ledingham, Kenneth W D; McKenna, Paul; McCanny, Thomas; Shimizu, Seiji; Yang, Jiamin M; Wahlström, Claes-Göran; Lopez-Martens, Rodrigo; Varju, Katalin; Johnsson, Per; Mauritsson, Johan

    2005-01-01

    The mechanism of atomic and molecular ionization in intense, ultra-short laser fields is a subject which continues to receive considerable attention. An inherent difficulty with techniques involving the tight focus of a laser beam is the continuous distribution of intensities contained within the focus, which can vary over several orders of magnitude. The present study adopts time of flight mass spectrometry coupled with a high intensity (8 x 10(15) Wcm(-2)), ultra-short (20 fs) pulse laser in order to investigate the ionization and dissociation of the aromatic molecule benzene-d1 (C(6)H(5)D) as a function of intensity within a focused laser beam, by scanning the laser focus in the direction of propagation, while detecting ions produced only in a "thin" slice (400 and 800 microm) of the focus. The resultant TOF mass spectra varies significantly, highlighting the dependence on the range of specific intensities accessed and their volumetric weightings on the ionization/dissociation pathways accessed. PMID:15653366

  14. Lasers.

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    Schewe, Phillip F.

    1981-01-01

    Examines the nature of laser light. Topics include: (1) production and characteristics of laser light; (2) nine types of lasers; (3) five laser techniques including holography; (4) laser spectroscopy; and (5) laser fusion and other applications. (SK)

  15. Physical properties of vapour grown indium monotelluride platelets

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    Kunjomana, A. G.; Chandrasekharan, K. A.; Teena, M.

    2015-02-01

    Indium monotelluride (InTe) crystals were grown from vapour phase under different temperature gradients by employing physical vapour deposition (PVD) method. The morphology of these crystals such as whiskers, needles, platelets etc., strongly depends on the temperature distribution in the horizontal dual zone furnace. InTe platelets were deposited by setting the temperature of the charge (TC) and growth (TS) zones at 1073 K and 773 K (ΔT=300 K), respectively, for different growth periods (24 h, 48 h, 72 h and 96 h). The surface growth features have been analyzed by scanning electron microscopes, which indicate layer growth mechanism for all the crystals. Various crystals grown under ΔT=200 K and 300 K (retaining TS invariant) were examined by X-ray diffraction and elemental analysis. InTe samples exhibited consistent lattice parameters, density and atomic percentage, establishing stoichiometry and chemical homogeneity. The results obtained for Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, power factor, dislocation density and microhardness are found to be reproducible as well. The vapour deposited InTe platelets are mechanically stable and possess high value of TEP, which ensure their practical application in thermoelectric power generation.

  16. LASER COOLING: Measurement of the lifetime of rubidium atoms in a dark magneto-optical trap

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    Permyakova, O. I.; Yakovlev, A. V.; Chapovskii, P. L.

    2008-09-01

    The lifetimes of rubidium atoms in a dark magneto-optical trap are measured at different populations of the 'bright' and 'dark' hyperfine states of captured atoms. It is found that the lifetime of atoms in the trap decreases if they spend more time in the bright state. A simple explanation of this effect is proposed which is based on the increase in the transport cross section for collisions of thermal rubidium atoms surrounding the trap with cold rubidium atoms upon their electronic excitation.

  17. Laser-induced fluorescence measurements and kinetic analysis of Si atom formation in a rotating disk chemical vapor deposition reactor

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    Ho, P.; Coltrin, M.E.; Breiland, W.G. )

    1994-10-06

    An extensive set of laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) measurements of Si atoms during the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of silicon from silane and disilane in a research rotating disk reactor are presented. The experimental results are compared in detail with predictions from a numerical model of CVD from silane and disilane that treats the fluid flow coupled to gas-phase and gas-surface chemistry. The comparisons showed that the unimolecular decomposition of SiH[sub 2] could not account for the observed gas-phase Si atom density profiles. The H[sub 3]SiSiH [leftrightarrow] Si + SiH[sub 4] and H[sub 3]SiSiH + SiH[sub 2] [leftrightarrow] Si + Si[sub 2]H[sub 6] reactions are proposed as the primary Si atom production routes. The model is in good agreement with the measured shapes of the Si atom profiles and the trends in Si atom density with susceptor temperature, pressure, and reactant gas mixture. 33 refs., 12 figs., 3 tabs.

  18. Measurement of temperature rises in the femtosecond laser pulsed three-dimensional atom probe

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    Cerezo, A.; Smith, G.D.W.; Clifton, P.H.

    2006-04-10

    A previous Letter [B. Gault et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 094101 (2005)] interpreted measurements of the field evaporation enhancement under femtosecond pulsed laser irradiation of a field emitter in terms of a direct electric field enhancement by the intrinsic field of the laser light. We show that, on the contrary, the field evaporation enhancement is predominantly a thermal heating effect. Indirect measurements of the peak specimen temperature under irradiation by femtosecond laser pulses are consistent with temperature rises obtained using longer laser pulses in a range of earlier work.

  19. Extensive theoretical study on electronically excited states of calcium monochloride: Molecular laser cooling and production of ultracold chlorine atoms

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    Fu, Mingkai; Ma, Haitao; Cao, Jianwei; Bian, Wensheng

    2016-05-01

    Nine doublet Λ-S states of calcium monochloride (CaCl) are calculated using the internally contracted multireference configuration interaction method with the Davidson correction. Both the core subvalence and spin-orbit coupling effects are taken into account. Laser cooling of CaCl and production of ultracold chlorine atoms are investigated and assessed. Our computed spectroscopic constants and radiative lifetimes match the available experimental data very well. The determined Franck-Condon factors and vibrational branching ratios of the A 2 Π 1 / 2 ( ν ' ) ← X 2 Σ1 / 2 + ( ν ) transition are highly diagonally distributed and the evaluated radiative lifetime for the A2Π1/2(ν' = 0) state is 28.2 ns, which is short enough for rapid laser cooling. Subsequently, detection of cold molecules via resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization to determine the final quantum state populations is discussed and the ionization energy calculated. A multi-pulse excitation scheme is proposed for producing ultracold chlorine atoms from zero-energy photodissociation of the cooled CaCl. Our results demonstrate the possibility of producing ultracold CaCl molecules and Cl atoms.

  20. Comparison of theory and experiment for a one-atom laser in a regime of strong coupling

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    Boozer, A.D.; Boca, A.; Buck, J.R.; McKeever, J.; Kimble, H.J.

    2004-08-01

    Our recent paper reports the experimental realization of a one-atom laser in a regime of strong coupling [J. McKeever, A. Boca, A. D. Boozer, J. R. Buck, and H. J. Kimble, Nature (London) 425, 268 (2003)]. Here we provide the supporting theoretical analysis relevant to the operating regime of our experiment. By way of a simplified four-state model, we investigate the passage from the domain of conventional laser theory into the regime of strong coupling for a single intracavity atom pumped by coherent external fields. The four-state model is also employed to exhibit the vacuum-Rabi splitting and to calculate the optical spectrum. We next extend this model to incorporate the relevant Zeeman hyperfine states as well as a simple description of the pumping processes in the presence of polarization gradients and atomic motion. This extended model is employed to make quantitative comparisons with our earlier measurements for the intracavity photon number versus pump strength and for the photon statistics as expressed by the intensity correlation function g{sup (2)}({tau})

  1. Biological monitoring of mercury vapour exposure by scalp hair analysis in comparison to blood and urine.

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    Wilhelm, M; Müller, F; Idel, H

    1996-11-01

    The reliability of human scalp hair as an indicator of mercury vapour exposure is contentious. In this study mercury concentrations in hair were compared with those in blood and urine of 20 dental students during their first "occupational" exposure to mercury vapour. Samples were collected before, at the end of the technical course of operating dentistry which lasted 6 weeks, and 3 months later. Mercury was measured by cold vapour atomic absorption spectrometry. In all biological media studied, mercury levels significantly (P < 0.05) reflected exposure to mercury vapour. After the time period without exposure mercury content decreased. Hair mercury levels were correlated to those in erythrocytes at sampling times 1 and 3 (r = 0.686 and r = 0.492) and to the frequency of fish consumption at sampling time 1. It is concluded that hair may be used as an indicator of internal uptake of mercury provided that it was not externally exposed to mercury vapour. In cases of occupational exposure to mercury vapour, hair is an useful tool for monitoring external exposure. PMID:8920740

  2. Chemical reactions of excited nitrogen atoms for short wavelength chemical lasers. Final technical report

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    Not Available

    1989-12-15

    Accomplishments of this program include the following: (1) Scalable, chemical generation of oxygen atoms by reaction of fluorine atoms and water vapor. (2) Production of nitrogen atom densities of 1 {times} 10{sup 1}5 cm{sup {minus}3} with 5% electrical efficiency by injecting trace amounts of fluorine into microwave discharged nitrogen. (3) Production of cyanide radicals by reaction of high densities of N atoms with cyanogen. (4) Production of carbon atoms by reaction of nitrogen atoms with cyanogen or with fluorine atoms and hydrogen cyanide. (5) Confirmation that the reaction of carbon atoms and carbonyl sulfide produces CS(a{sup 3} {Pi}{sub r}), as predicted by conservation of electron spin and orbital angular momenta and as proposed by others under another SWCL program. (6) Production of cyanide radicals by injection of cyanogen halides into active nitrogen and use as spectroscopic calibration source. (7) Demonstration that sodium atoms react with cyanogen chloride, bromide and iodide and with cyanuric trifluoride to produce cyanide radicals. (8) Demonstration of the potential utility of the fluorine atom plus ammonia reaction system in the production of NF(b{sup l}{Sigma}{sup +}) via N({sup 2}D) + F{sub 2}.

  3. High-order harmonic generation by atoms in a few-cycle laser pulse: Carrier-envelope phase and many-electron effects

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    Frolov, M. V.; Manakov, N. L.; Silaev, A. A.; Vvedenskii, N. V.; Starace, Anthony F.

    2011-02-15

    Analytic formulas describing high-order harmonic generation (HHG) by atoms in a short laser pulse are obtained quantum mechanically in the tunneling limit. These results provide analytic expressions of the three-step HHG scenario, as well as of the returning electron wave packet, in a few-cycle pulse. Our results agree well with those of numerical solutions of the time-dependent Schroedinger equation for the H atom, while for Xe they predict many-electron atomic dynamics features in few-cycle HHG spectra and significant dependence of these features on the carrier-envelope phase of a laser pulse.

  4. Fluorescence spectroscopy of kerosene vapour at high temperatures and pressures: potential for gas turbines measurements

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    Orain, M.; Baranger, P.; Ledier, C.; Apeloig, J.; Grisch, F.

    2014-09-01

    Laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy of kerosene vapour was performed in a heated test cell operating between 450 and 900 K, at pressure from 0.1 to 3.0 MPa, for oxygen molar fraction between 0 and 21 %, with different laser excitation wavelengths (248, 266, 282 and 308 nm). Results show that, depending on the laser excitation scheme, kerosene fluorescence spectrum exhibits one or two fluorescence bands in the UV-visible range (attributed to aromatics naturally present in kerosene fuel). Fluorescence intensity of these bands decreases with increasing temperature, pressure and oxygen molar fraction. Different imaging strategies were derived from spectroscopic findings to simultaneously measure temperature and equivalence ratio fields in kerosene/air sprays, or flame structure and fuel spatial distribution in kerosene/air aeronautical combustors, by means of planar laser-induced fluorescence on kerosene vapour (K-PLIF).

  5. ARTICLES: Numerical investigation of a purely chemical generator of atomic gaseous hydrogen (deuterium) and of a cw H(D)-O3-CO2 laser utilizing this generator

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    Bashkin, A. S.; Gamzatov, N. M.; Oraevskiĭ, A. N.

    1987-02-01

    A numerical investigation is reported of a generator of atomic gaseous hydrogen (or deuterium) and of a cw low-toxicity H(D)-O3-CO2 laser utilizing this generator. A high nonequilibrium concentration of H (D) atoms is achieved in a supersonic oxygen-hydrogen (or oxygen-deuterium) flame in this generator. Hydrogen (deuterium) combustion regimes convenient for experimental realization and characterized by a molar concentration of atomic hydrogen (deuterium) in the flame by up to ~15%, are identified. Numerical optimization of all the components of a cw laser system in respect of the principal parameters is used to show that a cw D-O3-CO2 laser utilizing this chemical generator of deuterium atoms can have high output characteristics: a specific output power of ~140 W·sec·g-1, a chemical efficiency of ~10%, and an inversion zone of over 30 cm length in the downstream direction.

  6. Two-Photon Laser-Induced Fluorescence O and N Atoms for the Study of Heterogeneous Catalysis in a Diffusion Reactor

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    Pallix, Joan B.; Copeland, Richard A.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    Advanced laser-based diagnostics have been developed to examine catalytic effects and atom/surface interactions on thermal protection materials. This study establishes the feasibility of using laser-induced fluorescence for detection of O and N atom loss in a diffusion tube to measure surface catalytic activity. The experimental apparatus is versatile in that it allows fluorescence detection to be used for measuring species selective recombination coefficients as well as diffusion tube and microwave discharge diagnostics. Many of the potential sources of error in measuring atom recombination coefficients by this method have been identified and taken into account. These include scattered light, detector saturation, sample surface cleanliness, reactor design, gas pressure and composition, and selectivity of the laser probe. Recombination coefficients and their associated errors are reported for N and O atoms on a quartz surface at room temperature.

  7. Probing the influence of the Coulomb field on atomic ionization by sculpted two-color laser fields

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    Xie, Xinhua; Roither, Stefan; Gräfe, Stefanie; Kartashov, Daniil; Persson, Emil; Lemell, Christoph; Zhang, Li; Schöffler, Markus S.; Baltuška, Andrius; Burgdörfer, Joachim; Kitzler, Markus

    2013-04-01

    Interpretation of electron or photon spectra obtained with strong laser pulses that may carry attosecond dynamical and Ångström structural information about atoms or molecules usually relies on variants of the strong-field approximation (SFA) within which the influence of the Coulomb potential on the electron trajectory is neglected. We employ two-color sculpted laser fields to experimentally tune and probe the influence of the Coulomb field on the strong-field-driven wavepacket as observed by two-dimensional electron and ion momentum spectra. By comparison of measured spectra with predictions of the three-dimensional time-dependent Schrödinger equation as well as the quasi-classical limit of the SFA, the strong-field classical trajectory model, we are able to trace back the influence of the Coulomb field to the timing of the wavepacket release with sub-cycle precision.

  8. Numerical simulation of the double-to-single ionization ratio for the helium atom in strong laser fields

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    Chen, Zhangjin; Zheng, Yanyan; Yang, Weifeng; Song, Xiaohong; Xu, Junliang; DiMauro, L. F.; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus; Morishita, Toru; Zhao, Song-Feng; Lin, C. D.

    2015-12-01

    We present calculations on the ratio between double and single ionization of helium by a strong laser pulse at a wavelength of 780 nm using the quantitative rescattering (QRS) model. According to this model, the yield for the doubly charged ion He+2 can be obtained by multiplying the returning electron wave packet (RWP) with the total cross sections (TCSs) for electron impact ionization and electron impact excitation of +He in the singlet spin channel. The singlet constraint was imposed since the interaction of the helium atom with the laser and the recollision processes both preserve the total spin of the system. An R -matrix (close-coupling) code is used to obtain accurate TCSs, while the RWPs, according to the QRS, are calculated by the strong-field approximation for high-energy photoelectrons. The laser field, which lowers the required energy for the electron to escape from the nucleus at the time of recollision, is also taken into account. The simulated results are in good agreement with the measured He+2/+He ratio over a broad range of laser intensities. The result demonstrates that the QRS approach based on the rescattering model is fully capable of quantitatively interpreting nonsequential double ionization processes.

  9. Acoustic emission and magnification of atomic lines resolution for laser breakdown of salt water in ultrasound field

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    Bulanov, Alexey V.; Nagorny, Ivan G.

    2015-10-01

    Researches of the acoustic effects accompanying optical breakdown in a water, generated by the focused laser radiation with power ultrasound have been carried out. Experiments were performed by using 532 nm pulses from Brilliant B Nd:YAG laser. Acoustic radiation was produced by acoustic focusing systems in the form hemisphere and ring by various resonance frequencies of 10.7 kHz and 60 kHz. The experimental results are obtained, that show the sharply strengthens effects of acoustic emission from a breakdown zone by the joint influence of a laser and ultrasonic irradiation. Essentially various thresholds of breakdown and character of acoustic emission in fresh and sea water are found out. The experimental result is established, testifying that acoustic emission of optical breakdown of sea water at presence and at absence of ultrasound essentially exceeds acoustic emission in fresh water. Atomic lines of some chemical elements like a Sodium, Magnesium and so on were investigated for laser breakdown of water with ultrasound field. The effect of magnification of this lines resolution for salt water in ultrasound field was obtained.

  10. Spectroscopic detection and analysis of atomic emissions during industrial pulsed laser-drilling of structural aerospace alloys

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    Bright, Robin Michael

    The ability to adequately cool internal gas-turbine engine components in next-generation commercial and military aircraft is of extreme importance to the aerospace industry as the demand for high-efficiency engines continues to push operating temperatures higher. Pulsed laser-drilling is rapidly becoming the preferred method of creating cooling holes in high temperature components due a variety of manufacturing advantages of laser-drilling over conventional hole-drilling techniques. As cooling requirements become more demanding, the impact of drilling conditions on material removal behavior and subsequent effects on hole quality becomes critical. In this work, the development of emission spectroscopy as a method to probe the laser-drilling process is presented and subsequently applied to the study of material behavior of various structural aerospace materials during drilling. Specifically, emitted photons associated with energy level transitions within excited neutral atoms in material ejected during drilling were detected and analyzed. Systematic spectroscopic studies indicated that electron energy level populations and calculated electron temperatures within ejected material are dependent on both laser pulse energy and duration. Local thermal conditions detected by the developed method were related to the characteristics of ejected material during drilling and to final hole quality. Finally, methods of utilizing the observed relationships for spectroscopic process monitoring and control were demonstrated.

  11. Electron collisions with cesium atoms - benchmark calculations and application to modeling an excimer-pumped alkali laser

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    Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus; Babaeva, Natalia; Kushner, Mark

    2014-05-01

    The B-spline R-matrix (BSR) with pseudostates method was employed to describe electron collisions with cesium atoms. Over 300 states were kept in the close-coupling expansion, including a large number of pseudostates to model the effect of the Rydberg spectrum and, most importantly, the ionization continuum on the results for transitions between the discrete physical states of interest. Predictions for elastic scattering, excitation, and ionization will be presented for incident energies up to 200 eV and compared to results from previous calculations and available experimental data. The results of our calculations were used to model plasma formation in the excimer-pumped alkali laser, XPAL, operating on the Cs (62P3 / 2 , 1 / 2 --> (62S1 / 2) (852nm and 894nm) transitions. At sufficiently high operating temperature, pump power, and repetition rate, plasma formation in excess of 1014 -1015cm-3 occurs. This may reduce laser output power by electron collisional mixing of the upper and lower laser levels. Work supported by the NSF under PHY-1068140, PHY-1212450, and the XSEDE allocation PHY-090031 (OZ, KB), and by the DoD High Energy Laser Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (NYB, MJK).

  12. Electron collisions with cesium atoms - benchmark calculations and application to modeling an excimer-pumped alkali laser

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    Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus; Babaeva, Natalia; Kushner, Mark

    2014-10-01

    The B-spline R-matrix (BSR) with pseudostates method was employed to describe electron collisions with cesium atoms. Over 300 states were kept in the close-coupling expansion, including a large number of pseudostates to model the effect of the Rydberg spectrum and the ionization continuum on the results for transitions between the discrete physical states of interest. Predictions for elastic scattering, excitation, and ionization for incident energies up to 200 eV are presented and compared to previous results [2,3] and experimental data. Our data were used to model plasma formation in the excimer-pumped alkali laser, XPAL, operating on the Cs (62P3 / 2 , 1 / 2 --> (62S1 / 2) (852nm and 894nm) transitions. At sufficiently high operating temperature, pump power, and repetition rate, plasma formation in excess of 1014--1015cm-3 occurs. This may reduce laser output power by electron collisional mixing of the upper and lower laser levels. Work supported by the NSF under PHY-1068140, PHY-1212450, and the XSEDE allocation PHY-090031 (OZ, KB), and by the DoD High Energy Laser Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (NYB, MJK).

  13. Theoretical study of terahertz generation from atoms and aligned molecules driven by two-color laser fields

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    Chen, Wenbo; Huang, Yindong; Meng, Chao; Liu, Jinlei; Zhou, Zhaoyan; Zhang, Dongwen; Yuan, Jianmin; Zhao, Zengxiu

    2015-09-01

    We study the generation of terahertz radiation from atoms and molecules driven by an ultrashort fundamental laser and its second-harmonic field by solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE). The comparisons between one-, two-, and three-dimensional TDSE numerical simulations show that the initial ionized wave packet and its subsequent acceleration in the laser field and rescattering with long-range Coulomb potential play key roles. We also present the dependence of the optimum phase delay and yield of terahertz radiation on the laser intensity, wavelength, duration, and ratio of two-color laser components. Terahertz wave generation from model hydrogen molecules is further investigated by comparing with high harmonic emission. It is found that the terahertz yield follows the alignment dependence of the ionization rate, while the optimal two-color phase delays vary by a small amount when the alignment angle changes from 0 to 90 degrees, which reflects the alignment dependence of attosecond electron dynamics. Finally, we show that terahertz emission might be used to clarify the origin of interference in high harmonic generation from aligned molecules by coincidentally measuring the alignment-dependent THz yields.

  14. Double photoexcitation of He atoms by attosecond xuv pulses in the presence of intense few-cycle infrared lasers

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    Tong, X.M.; Lin, C.D.

    2005-03-01

    We studied the photoelectron spectra of He atoms resulting from double photoexcitation to autoionizing states by an attosecond xuv pulse in the presence of intense few-cycle Ti:sapphire lasers using the time-dependent hyperspherical close-coupling method. In its first application we show that the combination of a weak xuv pulse and an intense infrared laser offers an efficient means for probing states that cannot be reached by single photoabsorption experiments alone. The method provides an alternative approach of studying Stark induced states at field strength much higher than that available for a dc electric field. Using parameters from the presently available attosecond pulses and infrared lasers we showed that the four singlet 2l2l{sup '} doubly excited states of He are prominently excited in such experiments. The dependence of the shape of the autoionizing states thus generated has been studied with respect to the intensity and the carrier-envelope phase of the few-cycle laser pulses.

  15. Ion-neutral chemistry at ultralow energies: dynamics of reactive collisions between laser-cooled Ca+ions and Rb atoms in an ion-atom hybrid trap

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    Hall, Felix H. J.; Eberle, Pascal; Hegi, Gregor; Raoult, Maurice; Aymar, Mireille; Dulieu, Olivier; Willitsch, Stefan

    2013-08-01

    Cold chemical reactions between laser-cooled Ca^+ ions and Rb atoms were studied in an ion-atom hybrid trap. Reaction rate constants were determined in the range of collision energies /k_B = 20 mK-20 K. The lowest energies were achieved in experiments using single localized Ca^+ ions. Product branching ratios were studied using resonant-excitation mass spectrometry. The dynamics of the reactive processes in this system (non-radiative and radiative charge transfer as well as radiative association leading to the formation of CaRb^+ molecular ions) have been analyzed using high-level quantum-chemical calculations of the potential energy curves of CaRb^+ and quantum-scattering calculations for the radiative channels. For the present low-energy scattering experiments, it is shown that the energy dependence of the reaction rate constants is governed by long-range interactions in line with the classical Langevin model, but their magnitude is determined by short-range non-adiabatic and radiative couplings which only weakly depend on the asymptotic energy. The quantum character of the collisions is predicted to manifest itself in the occurrence of narrow shape resonances at well-defined collision energies. The present results highlight both universal and system-specific phenomena in cold ion-neutral reactive collisions.

  16. Control of threshold enhancements in harmonic generation by atoms in a two-color laser field with orthogonal polarizations

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    Frolov, M. V.; Manakov, N. L.; Sarantseva, T. S.; Silaev, A. A.; Vvedenskii, N. V.; Starace, Anthony F.

    2016-02-01

    Threshold phenomena (or channel-closing effects) are analyzed in high-order harmonic generation (HHG) by atoms in a two-color laser field with orthogonal linearly polarized components of a fundamental field and its second harmonic. We show that the threshold behavior of HHG rates for the case of a weak second harmonic component is sensitive to the parity of a closing multiphoton ionization channel and the spatial symmetry of the initial bound state of the target atom, while for the case of comparable intensities of both components, suppression of threshold phenomena is observed as the relative phase between the components of a two-color field varies. A quantum orbit analysis as well as phenomenological considerations in terms of Baz' theory of threshold phenomena [Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 33, 923 (1957)] are presented in order to describe and explain the major features of threshold phenomena in HHG by a two-color field.

  17. Interferences of real trajectories and the emergence of quantum features in electron-atom scattering in a strong laser field

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    Cerkic, A.; Milosevic, D. B.

    2006-03-15

    Using the example of electron-atom scattering in a strong laser field, it is shown that the oscillatory structure of the scattered electron spectrum can be explained as a consequence of the interference of the real electron trajectories in terms of Feynman's path integral. While in previous work on quantum-orbit theory the complex solutions of the saddle-point equations were considered, we show here that for the electron-atom scattering with much simpler real solutions a satisfactory agreement with the strong-field-approximation results can be achieved. Real solutions are applicable both for the direct (low-energy) and the rescattering (high-energy) plateau in the scattered electron spectrum. In between the plateaus and beyond the rescattering cutoff good results can be obtained using the complex (quantum) solutions and the uniform approximation. The interference of real solutions is related to the recent attosecond double-slit experiment in time.

  18. Confocal and Atomic Force Microscopies of Color Centers Produced by Ultrashort Laser Irradiation in LiF Crystals

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    Courrol, Lilia Coronato; Martinez, Oscar; Samad, Ricardo Elgul; Gomes, Laércio; Ranieri, Izilda Márcia; Baldochi, Sonia Licia; de Freitas, Anderson Zanardi; Junior, Nilson Dias Vieira

    2008-04-01

    We report properties of the spatial and spectral distribution of color centers produced in LiF single crystals by ultrashort high intensity laser pulses (60 fs, 10 GW) using confocal spectral microscopy and atomic force microscopy. We could identify a large amount of F centers that gave rise to aggregates such as F2, F4, F2+ and F3+ distributed in cracked shape brownish areas. We have taken a 3D image using confocal microscopy of the sample (luminescent image) and no difference is observed in the different planes. The atomic force microscopy image clearly shows the presence of defects on the modified surface. The formation of micrometer or sub-micrometer voids, filaments and void strings was observed and related to filamentation process.

  19. Investigation of material property influenced stoichiometric deviations as evidenced during UV laser-assisted atom probe tomography in fluorite oxides

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    Valderrama, Billy; Henderson, Hunter B.; Yablinsky, Clarissa A.; Gan, Jian; Allen, Todd R.; Manuel, Michele V.

    2015-09-01

    Oxide materials are used in numerous applications such as thermal barrier coatings, nuclear fuels, and electrical conductors and sensors, all applications where nanometer-scale stoichiometric changes can affect functional properties. Atom probe tomography can be used to characterize the precise chemical distribution of individual species and spatially quantify the oxygen to metal ratio at the nanometer scale. However, atom probe analysis of oxides can be accompanied by measurement artifacts caused by laser-material interactions. In this investigation, two technologically relevant oxide materials with the same crystal structure and an anion to cation ratio of 2.00, pure cerium oxide (CeO2) and uranium oxide (UO2) are studied. It was determined that electronic structure, optical properties, heat transfer properties, and oxide stability strongly affect their evaporation behavior, thus altering their measured stoichiometry, with thermal conductance and thermodynamic stability being strong factors.

  20. Exchange effects and second-order Born corrections in laser-assisted (e ,2 e ) collisions with helium atoms

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    Ajana, I.; Makhoute, A.; Khalil, D.; Chaddou, S.

    2015-04-01

    The triple differential cross section for laser-assisted ionization of a helium target by slow electrons is analyzed within the framework of the second Born approximation. We evaluate the S -matrix elements using Volkov and Coulomb-Volkov wave functions for describing the continuum states of the scattered and the ejected electrons, respectively. The required scattering amplitudes are performed by expanding the atomic wave functions onto a complex-scaled Sturmian basis, which allows us to exactly take into account the contribution of the continuous spectrum to the dressing of the atomic states. Our results have been improved by taking into account exchange effects. Furthermore, the second-order Born correction is seen to be important and significantly affects the magnitudes of the binary and recoil peaks.