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Precise Lifetime Measurement of the Cesium $5^2D_{5/2}$ State

By S. Pucher, P. Schneeweiss, A. Rauschenbeutel and Alexandre Dareau


8 pages, 6 figures, 2 tablesWe measure the lifetime of the cesium $5^2D_{5/2}$ state using a time-resolved single-photon-counting method. We excite atoms in a hot vapor cell via an electric quadrupole transition at a wavelength of $685\,\mathrm{nm}$ and record the fluorescence of a cascade decay at a wavelength of $852\,\mathrm{nm}$. We extract a lifetime of $1353(5)\,\mathrm{ns}$ for the $5^2D_{5/2}$ state, in agreement with a recent theoretical prediction. In particular, the observed lifetime is consistent with the literature values of the polarizabilities of the cesium $6P$ states. Our measurement contributes to resolving a long-standing disagreement between a number of experimental and theoretical results

Topics: [PHYS.PHYS.PHYS-ATOM-PH]Physics [physics]/Physics [physics]/Atomic Physics [physics.atom-ph]
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Year: 2019
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-02423546v1
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