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Title:Alkali-rare gas photodissociation lasers: applications to laser physics and atom-atom interactions
Author(s):Hewitt, John
Director of Research:Eden, James G.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Eden, James G.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Carney, Paul S.; Gruebele, Martin; McCall, Benjamin J.; Swenson, Gary R.
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline:Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Laser physics
spectroscopy
Abstract:This dissertation describes several experiments in which alkali--rare gas laser systems are utilized as a simple platform with which to isolate and study atom-atom interactions and fundamental physical processes that are ill-understood or have never been investigated previously. Specifically, the minimum allowable energy separation between levels 2 and 3 in a three-level laser system has been investigated experimentally, as have two-photon absorption processes in atomic Rb and Cs.
Issue Date:2014-01-16
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/46720
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 John Darby Hewitt
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-01-16
Date Deposited:2013-12


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