Applied Physics B

, Volume 83, Issue 1, pp 107–114 | Cite as

Paramagnetic Faraday rotation with spin-polarized ytterbium atoms

  • M. Takeuchi
  • T. Takano
  • S. Ichihara
  • Y. Takasu
  • M. Kumakura
  • T. Yabuzaki
  • Y. Takahashi
Article

Abstract

We report the observation of paramagnetic Faraday rotation of spin-polarized ytterbium (Yb) atoms. As the atomic samples, we used an atomic beam, released atoms from a magneto-optical trap (MOT), and trapped atoms in a far-off-resonant trap (FORT). Since Yb is diamagnetic and includes a spin-1/2 isotope, it is an ideal sample for spin physics, such as quantum non-demolition measurement of spin (spin QND), for example. From the results of the rotation angle, we confirmed that the atoms were almost perfectly polarized.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Takeuchi
    • 1
  • T. Takano
    • 1
  • S. Ichihara
    • 1
  • Y. Takasu
    • 2
  • M. Kumakura
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • T. Yabuzaki
    • 5
  • Y. Takahashi
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Graduate School of ScienceKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Electronic Science and Engineering, Graduate School of EngineeringKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  3. 3.JSTPRESTSaitamaJapan
  4. 4.JSTCRESTSaitamaJapan
  5. 5.Faculty of Information Science and ArtsOsaka Electro-Communication UniversityOsakaJapan

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