Abstract

The cascade Hanle-effect technique has been described in detail. It has been used to measure the radiative lifetimes of several excited S states in heavy alkali metal atoms. We obtained the following measurements (in nanoseconds): γ(K, 6 <sup>2</sup>S<sub>½</sub>) = 68 ± 9, γ(Rb, 7 <sup>2</sup>S<sub>½</sub>) = 91 ± 11, γ(Cs, 8 <sup>2</sup>S<sub>½</sub>) = 96 ± 14, and γ(Cs, 9 <sup>2</sup>S<sub>½</sub>) = 231 ± 35.

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D. R. Bates and A. Damgaard, Philos. Trans. 242, 101 (1949).

Bhaskar, N.

N. Bhaskar and A. Lurio, Phys. Rev. A (to be published).

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R. Gupta, S. Chang, and W. Happer, Phys. Rev. A 6, 529 (1972).

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D. R. Bates and A. Damgaard, Philos. Trans. 242, 101 (1949).

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J. S. Deech, R. Luypaert, and G. W. Series, J. Phys. B 8, 1406 (1975).

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T. F. Gallagher, S. A. Edelstein, and R. M. Hill, Phys. Rev. A 11, 1504 (1975).

Franken, P. A.

P. A. Franken, Phys. Rev. 121, 508 (1961).

Gallagher, T. F.

T. F. Gallagher, S. A. Edelstein, and R. M. Hill, Phys. Rev. A 11, 1504 (1975).

Gupta, R.

R. Gupta, S. Chang, and W. Happer, Phys. Rev. A 6, 529 (1972).

C. Tai, W. Happer, and R. Gupta, Phys. Rev. A 12, 736 (1975).

Happer, W.

R. Gupta, S. Chang, and W. Happer, Phys. Rev. A 6, 529 (1972).

C. Tai, W. Happer, and R. Gupta, Phys. Rev. A 12, 736 (1975).

E. B. Saloman and W. Happer, Phys. Rev. 144, 7 (1966); J. P. Barrat, J. Phys. Radium 20, 541 (1959); 20, 663 (1959).

W. Happer and B. S. Mathur, Phys. Rev. 163, 12 (1967).

Hill, R. M.

T. F. Gallagher, S. A. Edelstein, and R. M. Hill, Phys. Rev. A 11, 1504 (1975).

Lurio, A.

N. Bhaskar and A. Lurio, Phys. Rev. A (to be published).

Luypaert, R.

J. S. Deech, R. Luypaert, and G. W. Series, J. Phys. B 8, 1406 (1975).

Mathur, B. S.

W. Happer and B. S. Mathur, Phys. Rev. 163, 12 (1967).

Saloman, E. B.

E. B. Saloman and W. Happer, Phys. Rev. 144, 7 (1966); J. P. Barrat, J. Phys. Radium 20, 541 (1959); 20, 663 (1959).

Series, G. W.

J. S. Deech, R. Luypaert, and G. W. Series, J. Phys. B 8, 1406 (1975).

Tai, C.

C. Tai, W. Happer, and R. Gupta, Phys. Rev. A 12, 736 (1975).

Tsekeris, P.

P. Tsekeris, Columbia University (private communication).

Warner, B.

B. Warner, Man. Nat. R. Astrol. Soc. 139, 115 (1968).

Other

T. F. Gallagher, S. A. Edelstein, and R. M. Hill, Phys. Rev. A 11, 1504 (1975).

J. S. Deech, R. Luypaert, and G. W. Series, J. Phys. B 8, 1406 (1975).

R. Gupta, S. Chang, and W. Happer, Phys. Rev. A 6, 529 (1972).

P. A. Franken, Phys. Rev. 121, 508 (1961).

N. Bhaskar and A. Lurio, Phys. Rev. A (to be published).

W. Happer and B. S. Mathur, Phys. Rev. 163, 12 (1967).

E. B. Saloman and W. Happer, Phys. Rev. 144, 7 (1966); J. P. Barrat, J. Phys. Radium 20, 541 (1959); 20, 663 (1959).

C. Tai, W. Happer, and R. Gupta, Phys. Rev. A 12, 736 (1975).

B. Warner, Man. Nat. R. Astrol. Soc. 139, 115 (1968).

P. Tsekeris, Columbia University (private communication).

D. R. Bates and A. Damgaard, Philos. Trans. 242, 101 (1949).

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