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Progress towards optical frequency standards based on two-photon transitions in atomic silver
Author(s): Mark D. Plimmer; Thomas Badr; Stephane Guerandel; Yann Louyer; Sylvestre Challemel du Rozier; Patrick Juncar; Marc E. Himbert; Joshua D. Silver; Francois Biraben; Francois Nez; Gaetan Hagel
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Paper Abstract

We report advances towards the development of frequency standards based on narrow two-photon transitions in the silver atom at 576 and 661 nm from the ground 4d105s2S1/2 state to the 2D3/2,5/2 levels of the configuration 4d95s2. We describe detection schemes for metastable atoms, localisation of the position of the metastable 2D5/2 level and diode-pumped Nd:YLF lasers around 1.3 μm destined to replace dye lasers for both cooling and spectroscopy of the clock transition. Our result for the position of the 2D5/2 level is more than a factor of two improvement over previous vales.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 June 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5449, Eighth International Conference on Laser and Laser Information Technologies, (21 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.566996
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Mark D. Plimmer, Bureau National de Metrologie (France)
Thomas Badr, Bureau National de Metrologie (France)
Stephane Guerandel, Bureau National de Metrologie (France)
Yann Louyer, Bureau National de Metrologie (France)
Sylvestre Challemel du Rozier, Bureau National de Metrologie (France)
Patrick Juncar, Bureau National de Metrologie (France)
Marc E. Himbert, Bureau National de Metrologie (France)
Joshua D. Silver, Clarendon Lab. (United Kingdom)
Francois Biraben, Lab. Kastler Brossel (France)
Francois Nez, Lab. Kastler Brossel (France)
Gaetan Hagel, Lab. Kastler Brossel (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5449:
Eighth International Conference on Laser and Laser Information Technologies
Vladislav Ya. Panchenko; Nikola V. Sabotinov, Editor(s)

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