On the possibility of high precision beam-foil spectroscopy using a modified Lamb-dip technique Academic Article uri icon


  • The application of beam-foil techniques to high-precision atomic physics is complicated by dispersion in the atomic velocities. This is analogous to the thermal Doppler broadening found in conventional laboratory sources. The advent of stable high-intensity laser sources has led to saturation (Lamb-dip) spectroscopy, which enables us to measure eigenfrequencies and natural lifetimes independent of the Doppler width. The application of this idea to beam-foil experiments involves two (tunable) laser sources. A simple calculation suggests that the resolution might be improved by several orders of magnitude. 1973.

published proceedings

  • Nuclear Instruments and Methods

author list (cited authors)

  • Chow, W., Maio, A. D., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Chow, W||Maio, AD||Scully, MO

publication date

  • July 1973