Numéro
J. Phys. IV France
Volume 01, Numéro C7, Décembre 1991
2nd International Conference
Laser M2P
Page(s) C7-429 - C7-433
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/jp4:19917115
2nd International Conference
Laser M2P

J. Phys. IV France 01 (1991) C7-429-C7-433

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:19917115

TUNABLE LASERS AT 1080 nm FOR HELIUM OPTICAL PUMPING : NEW USES FOR AN OLD TECHNIQUE

L.D. SCHEARER

Physics Department, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO 65401, USA


Abstract
A number of tunable, IR lasers have been developed recently which can be used to optically pump the metastable atoms of helium. This laser optical pumping, producing spin-polarized helium atoms, has led to an extraordinary number of important applications including magnetometry, nuclear targets, and polarized electron beams. We describe the current status of these lasers and some of the applications.



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