Cold and trapped metastable noble gases

W. Vassen, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, M. Leduc, D. Boiron, C.I. Westbrook, A. Truscott, K. Baldwin, G. Birkl, P. Cancio, M. Trippenbach

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Experimental work on cold, trapped metastable noble gases is reviewed. The aspects which distinguish work with these atoms from the large body of work on cold, trapped atoms in general is emphasized. These aspects include detection techniques and collision processes unique to metastable atoms. Several experiments exploiting these unique features in fields including atom optics and statistical physics are described. Precision measurements on these atoms including fine structure splittings, isotope shifts, and atomic lifetimes are also discussed. © 2012 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-210
JournalReviews of Modern Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Vassen, Wim Cohen-Tannoudji, Claude Leduc, Michele Boiron, Denis Westbrook, Christoph I. Truscott, Andrew Baldwin, Ken Birkl, Gerhard Cancio, Pablo Trippenbach, Marek


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