Enhanced magnetic resonance signal of spin-polarized Rb atoms near surfaces of coated cells

K. F. Zhao, M. Schaden, Z. Wu

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Abstract

We present a detailed experimental and theoretical study of edge enhancement in optically pumped Rb vapor in coated cylindrical pyrex glass cells. The Zeeman polarization of Rb atoms is produced and probed in the vicinity (~10-4 cm) of the cell surface by evanescent pump and probe beams. Spin-polarized Rb atoms diffuse throughout the cell in the presence of magnetic field gradients. In the present experiment the edge enhanced signal from the back surface of the cell is suppressed compared to that from the front surface, due to the fact that polarization is probed by the evanescent wave at the front surface only. The observed magnetic resonance line shape is reproduced quantitatively by a theoretical model and yields information about the dwell time and relaxation probability of Rb atoms on Pyrex glass surfaces coated with antirelaxation coatings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number042903
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume81
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 21 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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