Precision measurement of the ratio of scalar to tensor transition polarizabilities for the cesium 6S-7S transition

Donghyun Cho, C. S. Wood, S. C. Bennett, J. L. Roberts, C. E. Wieman

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The ratio of scalar to tensor transition polarizabilities (α/β) for the cesium 6S1/2F = 3 to 7S1/2F′ = 3 transition has been measured using a spin-polarized atomic beam and an interference technique. We use an electric- and magnetic-field configuration where the Stark-induced electric dipole transition amplitudes arising from the scalar and tensor polarizabilities interfere, giving rise to large changes in the 6S-7S transition rate. The measured ratio is α/β = - 9.905±0.011. This result represents a tenfold improvement in precision, and agrees well with previous measurements and calculations. The ratio α/β is of critical importance for cesium atomic parity violation experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1007-1011
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume55
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Dec 1

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Precision measurement of the ratio of scalar to tensor transition polarizabilities for the cesium 6S-7S transition. / Cho, Donghyun; Wood, C. S.; Bennett, S. C.; Roberts, J. L.; Wieman, C. E.

In: Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Vol. 55, No. 2, 01.12.1997, p. 1007-1011.

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