Jun 13 – 19, 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
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Pulsed Laser Spectroscopy of Xe129 for a Co-magnetometer in the TRIUMF Neutron Electron Dipole Moment Experiment

Jun 17, 2015, 7:02 PM
CCIS Ground Floor PCL lounge (University of Alberta)

CCIS Ground Floor PCL lounge

University of Alberta

Poster (Student, In Competition) / Affiche (Étudiant(e), inscrit à la compétition) Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Canada / Division de la physique atomique, moléculaire et photonique, Canada (DAMOPC-DPAMPC) DAMOPC Poster Session with beer / Session d'affiches avec bière DPAMPC


Eric R Miller (The University of British Columbia)


Construction is underway at TRIUMF by an international collaboration on a high-density ultra-cold neutron source. Its primary experiment will be a measurement of the neutron electric dipole moment (nEDM). The experiment uses an NMR technique known as Ramsey resonance to detect electric-field correlated shifts in the precession frequency of ultra-cold neutrons. Previous-generation nEDM experiments add spin-1/2 Hg$^{199}$ atoms as a co-magnetometer in the same volume with ultra-cold neutrons to perform a cross-check on magnetic field drifts. Xe$^{129}$ is another spin-1/2 species sensitive to magnetic field drifts. We are developing magnetometry using Xe$^{129}$ atoms excited via two-photon transitions at 252 nm and detecting the laser-induced fluorescence(LIF). Combining both Hg$^{199}$ and Xe$^{129}$ co-magnetometers will make it possible to measure and correct for geometric phase effects which currently limit the accuracy with which field instabilities are measured. Xe$^{129}$ has been studied in the past using the spin exchange optical pumping technique, which hyperpolarizes the gas orders of magnitude greater than achievable in Boltzmann distributions alone, but requires Rb for optical interaction. Our goal in investigating the two-photon transition is to optically pump and probe a spin state of Xe$^{129}$ directly. One of the hyperfine transitions is sensitive to the excitation light’s polarization and suitable for optical pumping. While a narrow-linewidth CW laser is the ideal for measuring this sensitivity, intensity requirements for TPA necessitate use of (broadband) pulsed nanosecond lasers. We will present results from Doppler-free studies of the 252 nm transition and polarization dependence, as well as observed coherent emission of LIF radiation.

Primary author

Eric R Miller (The University of British Columbia)


David J. Jones (The University of British Columbia) E.E. Altiere (The University of British Columbia) Joshua N. Wienands (The University of British Columbia) Kirk W. Madison (The University of British Columbia) Takamasa Momose (The University of British Columbia)

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