The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 57, Issue 2, pp 151–154 | Cite as

Modulation-free pump-probe spectroscopy of strontium atoms

  • C. Javaux
  • I.G Hughes
  • G. LocheadEmail author
  • J. Millen
  • M. P.A. Jones
Atomic Physics


We have performed polarization spectroscopy on the 5s2 1S0 →5s5p1P1 transition of atomic strontium. The signal is generated by saturation effects, rather than optical pumping, as the ground state is non-degenerate. This technique generated a dispersion-type lineshape suitable for laser stabilization, without the need for frequency modulation. The dependence of the amplitude and gradient on intensity and magnetic field were also investigated, and compared to a related technique based on the circular dichroism induced by a magnetic field.


Probe Beam Pump Beam Polarize Beam Splitter Magnetic Sublevel Polarization Spectroscopy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Javaux
    • 1
  • I.G Hughes
    • 1
  • G. Lochead
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Millen
    • 1
  • M. P.A. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsDurham UniversityDurhamUK

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