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Search for Parity Non-Conserving Optical Rotation in Atomic Bismuth

  • P. E. G. Baird
  • M. W. S. M. Brimicombe
  • G. J. Roberts
  • P. G. H. Sandars
  • D. N. Stacey

Abstract

Bouchiat and Bouchiat pointed out1 soon after the discovery of weak neutral currents2 that their existence might lead to parity non-conserving (PNC) effects of observable magnitude in atoms. One of the most promising possibilities3 is to look for optical rotation close to an allowed M1 absorption line in a heavy element. We report here preliminary results from our experiment4 on the 648 nm J = 3/2 J = 5/2 transition in bismuth. We find that the optical rotation, if it exists, must be somewhat smaller than had been expected.

Keywords

Optical Rotation Faraday Rotation Faraday Effect Absorption Length Doppler Width 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. E. G. Baird
    • 1
  • M. W. S. M. Brimicombe
    • 1
  • G. J. Roberts
    • 1
  • P. G. H. Sandars
    • 1
  • D. N. Stacey
    • 1
  1. 1.Clarendon LaboratoryOxfordUK

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