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Atomic and Laser Spectroscopy$
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Alan Corney

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199211456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211456.001.0001

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The Hanle effect and the theory of resonance fluorescence experiments

The Hanle effect and the theory of resonance fluorescence experiments

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(p.473) 15 The Hanle effect and the theory of resonance fluorescence experiments
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Atomic and Laser Spectroscopy
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Alan Corney

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211456.003.0015

This chapter provides an account of atomic resonance fluorescence and its depolarization by external magnetic fields, also known as the Hanle effect. Experiments in mercury vapour and their theoretical description are explained both by classical and quantum mechanical density matrix methods. Radiative lifetimes of alkali atoms and Group IIB atoms are reported. Optical and radio-frequency coherence, and experiments using pulsed and intensity modulated radiation are discussed.

Keywords:   resonance fluorescence, magnetic depolarization, Hanle effect classical model, density matrix theory, radio-frequency coherence, excitation, pulsed radiation, modulated light, radiative lifetimes

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