Spin-rotation interaction of noble-gas alkali-metal atom pairs

Z. Wu, T. G. Walker, W. Happer

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Recent experimental data show that the spin-rotation coupling for alkali-metal-noble-gas van der Waals molecules is mainly due to the spin-orbit interaction of the alkali-metal valence electron within the core of the noble gas. We present a simple formula which accounts very well for the systematic variation of the spin-rotation interaction with different noble-gas or alkali-metal atoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1921-1924
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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