Inelastic cross-sections and natural lifetimes for the 62D3/2, 5/2 and 82S1/2 states of Rb

A. Ekers*, M. Głódź, J. Szonert, B. Bieniak, K. Frone, T. Radelitski

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The results of an experimental study of population dynamics following excitation of 62D5/2, 3/2 and 82S1/2 states of rubidium are reported. Excitation transfer and quenching cross-sections in collisions with ground state rubidium atoms, and natural lifetimes have been measured. The experiment was performed in a vapour cell, using pulsed two-photon excitation and photon counting detection. The analysis of time dependent signals was based on a rate equation model in which transitions induced by thermal radiation have been accounted for. The measurements yielded following results: (1) 62D state J-mixing cross-section: σRb-Rb6D5/2→6D3/2 = 9.2(2.1) × 10-14 cm2; (2) cross-sections for 82S → 62D excitation transfer process: σRb-Rb8S→6D = 3.4(1.2) × 10-14 cm2; (3) quenching cross-sections: σRb-Rbq, 8S = 12.8(3.4) × 10-14 cm2, σRb-Rbq, 6D3/2 = 22.8(2.9) × 10-14 cm2, σRb-Rbq, 6D5/2 = 14.1(5.7) × 10-14 cm2; (4) radiative lifetimes: τ8S = 161(3) ns, τ6D3/2 = 256(4) ns, τ6D5/2 = 249(5) ns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-58
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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