Abstract: The process of optical pumping allows us to examine the Zeeman splitting that is associated with the hyperfine structure of Rubidum. To optically pump a system, we use circularly polarized electromagnetic radiation excite atoms from various states into the highest state possible. Then, we apply an external magnetic field at a frequency that is resonant with the Zeeman splitting. When we have found this resonance, absorption occurs and we are able to measure this with our detector. This allows us to calculate the energy of the splitting. My talk will explain the theory behind the Zeeman splitting and the optical pumping process. Then, I will present my experimental results and compare them to the theoretical expectations.
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