Magic and tune-out wavelengths for atomic francium

U. Dammalapati, K. Harada, Y. Sakemi

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The frequency dependent polarizabilities of the francium atom are calculated from the available data of energy levels and transition rates. Magic wavelengths for the state insensitive optical dipole trapping are identified from the calculated light shifts of the 7s S1/22, 7p P1/2,3/22, and 8s S1/22 levels of the 7s S1/2-7p2 P1/2,3/22 and 7s S1/2-8s2 S1/22 transitions, respectively. Wavelengths in the ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared region are identified that are suitable for cooling and trapping. Magic wavelengths between the 600-700 nm and 700-1000 nm regions, which are blue and red detuned with the 7s-7p and 7s-8s transitions, are feasible to implement as lasers with sufficient power are available. In addition, we calculated the tune-out wavelengths where the ac polarizability of the ground 7s S1/22 state in francium is zero. These results are beneficial as laser cooled and trapped francium has been in use for fundamental symmetry investigations like searches for an electron permanent electric dipole moment in an atom and for atomic parity nonconservation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043407
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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