Abstract

The saturated absorption spectra of the 87Rb D2 line were observed in an almost-zero magnetic field, in the geomagnetic field, and in a magnetic field of 10 G. The relative magnitudes of the resonance signals were calculated and tabulated by application of Nakayama’s four-level model to the 87Rb D2 line. The observed spectra were in good agreement with the theoretical plots. However, it was found that in the case of the 10-G magnetic field it is necessary to calculate an exact splitting of Zeeman sublevels in order to fit the theoretical calculation to the observed spectra and that saturation spectroscopy can be used as a method for observing the Zeeman splitting.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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