Chapter 5. Optical Pumping of Atoms

  1. Prof. William Happer1,
  2. Dr. Yuan-Yu Jau1 and
  3. Prof. Thad Walker2

Published Online: 27 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9783527629503.ch5

Optically Pumped Atoms

Optically Pumped Atoms

How to Cite

Happer, W., Jau, Y.-Y. and Walker, T. (2010) Optical Pumping of Atoms, in Optically Pumped Atoms, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527629503.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 17 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527407071

Online ISBN: 9783527629503

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Keywords:

  • Vector operators;
  • Hermitian conjugate;
  • Electric dipole moment;
  • Bloch equations;
  • Rotating coordinate system;
  • Amagat

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Electric Field of Light

  • The Electric Dipole Moment of Atoms

  • Spontaneous Emission

  • Electric Dipole Interaction

  • Rotating Coordinate System

  • Net Evolution

  • Optical Bloch Equations

  • Liouville Space