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Journal of Applied Physics : Testing the effect of surface coatings on alkali atom polarization lifetimes

By S. J. Seltzer, D. M. Rampulla, S. Rivillon-Amy, Y. J. Chabal, S. L. Bernasek et al

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Title: Journal of Applied Physics : Testing the effect of surface coatings on alkali atom polarization lifetimes  
Author: S. J. Seltzer, D. M. Rampulla, S. Rivillon-Amy, Y. J. Chabal, S. L. Bernasek et al
Volume: Issue : November 2008
Language: English
Subject: Science, Physics, Natural Science
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Journal of Applied Physics Collection
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Publisher: American Institute of Physics

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Description: The evaluation of different surface coatings used in alkali metal atomic magnetometers is necessary for the improvement of sensitivity of these devices. A method to measure the polarization lifetime of alkali atoms in the region between substrates with different coatings was developed to determine the effectiveness of the coating at preserving alkali spin polarization as well as chemical compatibility and high-temperature stability. Multiple coatings can be compared under identical experimental conditions, using an experimental geometry that allows surface characterization before and after evaluation of the polarization lifetime. Multilayered, cross-linked octadecyltrichlorosilane films, alkyltrichlorosilane monolayers, and octadecylphosphonic acid monolayers were evaluated using this approach.

 
 



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