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dc.contributor.advisor Killian, Thomas C.
dc.creatorMickelson, Pascal Gerry
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T08:42:48Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T08:42:48Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/17897
dc.description.abstract This work describes intensity saturation of photoassociative transitions of 86Sr at the quantum mechanical unitarity limit. The saturation behavior, which results in a roll-over of the photoassociation rate for intensities greater than the saturation intensity, features interesting physics. Unlike other photoassociation spectroscopy (PAS) experiments, photoassociation occurs in a magneto-optical trap operating on the narrow dipole-forbidden transition at 689 nm. A laser red-detuned from the principal atomic transition at 461 nm by as much as 1300 GHz induces the photoassociation of ground state atoms to excited molecular states. Our previous studies [1] suggest that some of the PAS transitions for 86Sr are sensitive to the intensity of the laser. This work delves more deeply into these high intensity PAS effects, a subject that has not, to our knowledge, been studied experimentally for alkaline-earth atoms.
dc.format.extent 47 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectMolecular physics
Atomic physics
dc.title Saturation effects in photoassociation spectroscopy of strontium-86
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
dc.identifier.citation Mickelson, Pascal Gerry. "Saturation effects in photoassociation spectroscopy of strontium-86." (2006) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/17897.


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