Abstract by Quinton McKnight

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Quinton McKnight

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Physics and Astronomy

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Scott Bergeson


Laser Spectroscopy of Isotopically Pure Ytterbium 173 Hyperfine States


We report measurements of the transition frequencies of the hyperfine states of Ytterbium 173. This is done by using a one-dimensional optical molasses to produce an isotopically pure atomic beam. These measurements correct a serious error in the literature. We use a GPS-referenced optical frequency comb to determine our laser frequencies with an absolute uncertainty of 40 kHz. We show that ignoring quantum interference effects in the excitation and fluorescence pathways leads to errors on the order of 2 MHz. 


We acknowledge funding from the National Science Foundation Grant No. PHY-1500376