Author

Breault

Date of Award

6-1964

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Dr. G. F. Bradley

Second Advisor

Robert B. Stephens

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Chapter I

The Problem and Atomic Energy Levels

In 1949 Francis Bitter proposed a method for optcally detecting radio frequency resonance. That same year Alfred Kastler, Fcole Normale Superiéure, Paris, France, introduced a technique, which he called "Optical Pumping", of concentrating atoms in some of the Zeeman sublevels of one of the hyperfine state levels of the ground state. These two experiments are the basis of research involving optical methods of atomic orientation and of magnetic resonance.

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