Cesium D Line Data

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Abstract

In this reference we present many of the physical and optical properties of cesium that are relevant to various quantum optics experiments. In particular, we give parameters that are useful in treating the mechanical effects of light on cesium atoms. The measured numbers are given with their original references, and the calculated numbers are presented with an overview of their calculation along with references to more comprehensive discussions of their underlying theory. At present, this document is not a critical review of experimental data, nor is it even guaranteed to be correct; for any numbers critical to your research, you should consult the original references. We also present a detailed discussion of the calculation of fluorescence scattering rates, because this topic is often not treated clearly in the literature. More details and derivations regarding the theoretical formalism here may be found in Ref. [1]. The current version of this document is available at http://steck.us/alkalidata, along with “Sodium D Line Data,” “Rubidium 87 D Line Data,” and “Rubidium 85 D Line Data.” This is the only permanent URL for this document at present; please do not link to any others. Please send comments, corrections, and suggestions to dsteck@uoregon.edu.

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  • Daniel A Steck

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