Abstract

We have studied the peculiarities of selective reflection from an Rb vapor cell with a thickness L<70  nm, which is smaller than the length scale of evanescent fields λ/2π and more than an order of magnitude smaller than the optical wavelength. A 240 MHz redshift due to the atom-surface interaction is observed for a cell thickness of L=40  nm. In addition, complete frequency-resolved hyperfine Paschen–Back splitting of atomic transitions to four components for Rb87 and six components for Rb87 is recorded in a strong magnetic field (B>2  kG).

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