Observation of an atomic Starkelectric-quadrupole interference

L. R. Hunter, W. A. Walker, David Scott Weiss

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An interference between electric quadrupole and Stark induced dipole amplitudes is observed for the first time. Measurement of this interference in atomic strontium permits the first experimental determination of the decay rate between the lowest P1 and metastable D1 levels in an alkaline-earth atom. We obtain the result A (5s5p-5s4d)=(3.85±0.94±0.5 3)×103 s-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-826
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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