Optogalvanic spectroscopy of silicon atoms

Yoshinori Ueda, Hiroshi Kumagai, Takashi Meguro, Katsumi Midorikawa, Minoru Obara

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The laser cooling transition of silicon atoms was observed in a discharge with a hollow cathode containing silicon using the third harmonic coherent light of a nanosecond Ti:sapphire laser. The optogalvanic spectrum obtained was investigated by scanning the wavelength of the coherent light from 250.3 nm to 253.3 nm. Four lines originating from the 3s23p2 3P → 3s23p4s 3P0 transition of silicon atoms were observed in the spectrum, while the spectral resolution was limited to 0.1 nm by the linewidth of the coherent light. Optogalvanic signals increased in intensity as the discharge current decreased. This spectroscopic technique will help us to address the accurate frequency of the light source for the laser cooling of silicon atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-422
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2004


  • Deep ultraviolet
  • Laser cooling
  • Optogalvanic spectroscopy
  • Silicon


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