Observation of an atomic Starkelectric-quadrupole interference

L. R. Hunter, W. A. Walker, David Scott Weiss

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Abstract

An interference between electric quadrupole and Stark induced dipole amplitudes is observed for the first time. Measurement of this interference in atomic strontium permits the first experimental determination of the decay rate between the lowest P1 and metastable D1 levels in an alkaline-earth atom. We obtain the result A (5s5p-5s4d)=(3.85±0.94±0.5 3)×103 s-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-826
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume56
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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