Steve Kadlecek

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We demonstrate spin-exchange optical pumping of 3He using a "hybrid" K-Rb vapor mixture. The Rb atoms absorb light from a standard laser at 795 nm, then collisionally polarize the potassium atoms. Spin-exchange collisions of K and 3He atoms then transfer the angular momentum to the 3He with much greater efficiency than Rb-3He. For a K-rich vapor, the(More)
Resonances in the magnetic decoupling curves for the spin relaxation of dense alkali-metal vapors prove that much of the relaxation is due to the spin-axis interaction in triplet dimers. Initial estimates of the spin-axis coupling coefficients for the dimers (likely accurate to a factor of 2) are |lambda|/h = 290 MHz for Rb; 2500 MHz for Cs.
We demonstrate a new method for nondestructive imaging of laser-cooled atoms. This spatial heterodyne technique forms a phase image by interfering a strong reference laser beam with a weak probe beam that passes through the cold atom cloud. The figure of merit equals or exceeds that of phase-contrast imaging, and the technique can be used over a wider range(More)
We present temperature-dependent measurements of the EPR frequency shifts for Na, K, and Rb interacting with polarized He. K and Na frequency shifts were measured via comparison with Rb frequency shifts swell known at low temperaturesd in Na-RbHe and K-RbHe spin-exchange cells. The lowered Rb vapor pressure of these “hybrid” spin-exchange cells also allowed(More)
We present calculations of spin-relaxation rates of alkali-metal atoms due to the spin-axis interaction acting in binary collisions between the atoms. We show that for the high-temperature conditions of interest here, the spin-relaxation rates calculated with classical-path trajectories are nearly the same as those calculated with the distorted-wave Born(More)
Spin-exchange optical pumping [1] uses spin-exchange collisions between He atoms and optically pumped Rb atoms to produce large quantities of highly spin-polarized He for a variety of applications, including medical imaging [2] and spin-polarized targets [3]. The efficiency of polarized He production is determined by two fundamental rates: the Rb-He(More)
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