Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics)
We have performed spectroscopy on sodium atoms that are optically channeled in the single node of a laser standing wave set up across a parallel-plate cavity. Using this technique we have extended our previous measurement of the Lennard-Jones van der Waals energy-level shift [Sandoghdar et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 3432 (1992)] down to a cavity width of ~500 nm. We discuss the applications of this technique to the precise measurement of atom-surface distances.
Original Publication Citation
Sandoghdar, V., Sukenik, C. I., Haroche, S., & Hinds, E. A. (1996). Spectroscopy of atoms confined to the single node of a standing wave in a parallel-plate cavity. Physical Review A, 53(3), 1919-1922. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevA.53.1919
Sandoghar, V.; Sukenik, C. I.; Haroche, S.; and Hinds, E. A., "Spectroscopy of Atoms Confined to the Single Node of a Standing Wave in a Parallel-Plate Cavity" (1996). Physics Faculty Publications. 9.