Class Year

2020

Date

4-23-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

Yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Physics

First Advisor

Michael M. Kash

Second Advisor

Nathan Mueggenburg

Third Advisor

Arthur Bousquet

Abstract

This thesis investigates the phenomenon of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). This experiment uses a 790 nm diode laser to drive transitions in rubidium atoms. The D1 line of Rubidium was used, which involves the transitions from the 5S1/2 and 5P1/2 hyperfine states. This experiment investigates the effect of the quality of polarization on EIT. Careful techniques were used to improve the quality of the polarization of the laser light.

Language

English


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