Abstract

Spin-lattice relaxation within the lower Stark component of the metastable 4S3/2 state of Er3+ ions in LaF3 has been studied by an optical method at high magnetic fields B and at low crystal temperature. The relaxation rate increases as B5, as expected for a direct-process relaxation within Kramers doublets at large Zeeman splittings.

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