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1 Optically polarized atoms Marcis Auzinsh, University of Latvia Dmitry Budker, UC Berkeley and LBNL Simon M. Rochester, UC Berkeley

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2 A brief summary of atomic structure A brief summary of atomic structure Begin with hydrogen atom Begin with hydrogen atom The Schrödinger Eqn: The Schrödinger Eqn: In this approximation (ignoring spin and relativity): In this approximation (ignoring spin and relativity): Chapter 2: Atomic states Image from Wikipedia Principal quant. Number n=1,2,3,…

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3 Could have guessed me 4 / 2 from dimensions Could have guessed me 4 / 2 from dimensions me 4 / 2 = 1 Hartree me 4 / 2 = 1 Hartree me 4 /2 2 = 1 Rydberg me 4 /2 2 = 1 Rydberg E does not depend on l or m degeneracy E does not depend on l or m degeneracy i.e. different wavefunction have same E We will see that the degeneracy is n 2 We will see that the degeneracy is n 2

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4 Angular momentum of the electron in the hydrogen atom Orbital-angular-momentum quantum number l = 0,1,2,… Orbital-angular-momentum quantum number l = 0,1,2,… This can be obtained, e.g., from the Schrödinger Eqn., or straight from QM commutation relations This can be obtained, e.g., from the Schrödinger Eqn., or straight from QM commutation relations The Bohr model: classical orbits quantized by requiring angular momentum to be integer multiple of The Bohr model: classical orbits quantized by requiring angular momentum to be integer multiple of There is kinetic energy associated with orbital motion an upper bound on l for a given value of E n There is kinetic energy associated with orbital motion an upper bound on l for a given value of E n Turns out: l = 0,1,2, …, n-1 Turns out: l = 0,1,2, …, n-1

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5 Angular momentum of the electron in the hydrogen atom (cont’d) In classical physics, to fully specify orbital angular momentum, one needs two more parameters (e.g., to angles) in addition to the magnitude In classical physics, to fully specify orbital angular momentum, one needs two more parameters (e.g., to angles) in addition to the magnitude In QM, if we know projection on one axis (quantization axis), projections on other two axes are uncertain In QM, if we know projection on one axis (quantization axis), projections on other two axes are uncertain Choosing z as quantization axis: Choosing z as quantization axis: Note: this is reasonable as we expect projection magnitude not to exceed Note: this is reasonable as we expect projection magnitude not to exceed

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6 Angular momentum of the electron in the hydrogen atom (cont’d) m – magnetic quantum number because B-field can be used to define quantization axis m – magnetic quantum number because B-field can be used to define quantization axis Can also define the axis with E (static or oscillating), other fields (e.g., gravitational), or nothing Can also define the axis with E (static or oscillating), other fields (e.g., gravitational), or nothing Let’s count states: Let’s count states: m = -l,…,l i. e. 2l+1 states m = -l,…,l i. e. 2l+1 states l = 0,…,n-1 l = 0,…,n-1 As advertised !

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7 Angular momentum of the electron in the hydrogen atom (cont’d) Degeneracy w.r.t. m expected from isotropy of space Degeneracy w.r.t. m expected from isotropy of space Degeneracy w.r.t. l, in contrast, is a special feature of 1/r (Coulomb) potential Degeneracy w.r.t. l, in contrast, is a special feature of 1/r (Coulomb) potential How can one understand why only one projection of the angular momentum at a time can be determined? How can one understand why only one projection of the angular momentum at a time can be determined? In analogy with In analogy with write an uncertainty relation between l z and φ (angle in the x-y plane of the projection of the angular momentum w.r.t. x axis):

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8 Angular momentum of the electron in the hydrogen atom (cont’d) How can one understand why only one projection of the angular momentum at a time can be determined? How can one understand why only one projection of the angular momentum at a time can be determined? In analogy with (*) In analogy with (*) write an uncertainty relation between l z and φ (angle in the x-y plane of the projection of the angular momentum w.r.t. x axis): This is a bit more complex than (*) because φ is cyclic This is a bit more complex than (*) because φ is cyclic With definite l z, φ is completely uncertain… With definite l z, φ is completely uncertain…

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9 Wavefunctions of the H atom A specific wavefunction is labeled with n l m : A specific wavefunction is labeled with n l m : In polar coordinates : In polar coordinates : i.e. separation of radial and angular parts Further separation: Further separation: Spherical functions (Harmonics)

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10 Wavefunctions of the H atom (cont’d) Separation into radial and angular part is possible for any central potential ! Separation into radial and angular part is possible for any central potential ! Things get nontrivial for multielectron atoms Things get nontrivial for multielectron atoms Legendre Polynomials

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11 Electron spin and fine structure Experiment: electron has intrinsic angular momentum -- spin (quantum number s) Experiment: electron has intrinsic angular momentum -- spin (quantum number s) It is tempting to think of the spin classically as a spinning object. This might be useful, but to a point. It is tempting to think of the spin classically as a spinning object. This might be useful, but to a point. Experiment: electron is pointlike down to ~ cm

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12 Electron spin and fine structure (cont’d) Another issue for classical picture: it takes a 4π rotation to bring a half-integer spin to its original state. Amazingly, this does happen in classical world: Another issue for classical picture: it takes a 4π rotation to bring a half-integer spin to its original state. Amazingly, this does happen in classical world: from Feynman's 1986 Dirac Memorial Lecture (Elementary Particles and the Laws of Physics, CUP 1987)

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13 Electron spin and fine structure (cont’d) Another amusing classical picture: spin angular momentum comes from the electromagnetic field of the electron: Another amusing classical picture: spin angular momentum comes from the electromagnetic field of the electron: This leads to electron size This leads to electron size Experiment: electron is pointlike down to ~ cm

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14 Electron spin and fine structure (cont’d) s=1/2 s=1/2 “Spin up” and “down” should be used with understanding that the length (modulus) of the spin vector is > /2 ! “Spin up” and “down” should be used with understanding that the length (modulus) of the spin vector is > /2 !

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15 Electron spin and fine structure (cont’d) Both orbital angular momentum and spin have associated magnetic moments μ l and μ s Both orbital angular momentum and spin have associated magnetic moments μ l and μ s Classical estimate of μ l : current loop Classical estimate of μ l : current loop For orbit of radius r, speed p/m, revolution rate is For orbit of radius r, speed p/m, revolution rate is Gyromagnetic ratio

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16 Electron spin and fine structure (cont’d) In analogy, there is also spin magnetic moment : In analogy, there is also spin magnetic moment : Bohr magneton

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17 Electron spin and fine structure (cont’d) The factor 2 is important ! The factor 2 is important ! Dirac equation for spin-1/2 predicts exactly 2 Dirac equation for spin-1/2 predicts exactly 2 QED predicts deviations from 2 due to vacuum fluctuations of the E/M field QED predicts deviations from 2 due to vacuum fluctuations of the E/M field One of the most precisely measured physical constants: 2=2 (76) One of the most precisely measured physical constants: 2=2 (76) Prof. G. Gabrielse, Harvard (0.8 parts per trillion) New Measurement of the Electron Magnetic Moment Using a One-Electron Quantum CyclotronUsing a One-Electron Quantum Cyclotron, B. Odom, D. Hanneke, B. D'Urso, and G. Gabrielse, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, (2006)

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18 Electron spin and fine structure (cont’d) When both l and s are present, these are not conserved separately When both l and s are present, these are not conserved separately This is like planetary spin and orbital motion This is like planetary spin and orbital motion On a short time scale, conservation of individual angular momenta can be a good approximation On a short time scale, conservation of individual angular momenta can be a good approximation l and s are coupled via spin-orbit interaction: interaction of the motional magnetic field in the electron’s frame with μ s l and s are coupled via spin-orbit interaction: interaction of the motional magnetic field in the electron’s frame with μ s l and s, i.e., on Energy shift depends on relative orientation of l and s, i.e., on

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19 Electron spin and fine structure (cont’d) QM parlance: states with fixed m l and m s are no longer eigenstates States with fixed j, m j are eigenstates Total angular momentum is a constant of motion of an isolated system |m j | j If we add l and s, j > |l-s| ; j < l+s s=1/2 j = l ½ for l > 0 or j = ½ for l = 0

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20 Electron spin and fine structure (cont’d) Spin-orbit interaction is a relativistic effect Including rel. effects : Correction to the Bohr formula 2 The energy now depends on n and j

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21 Electron spin and fine structure (cont’d) 1/137 relativistic corrections are small ~ Ry E cm -1 or 10.9 GHz for 2P 3/2, 2P 1/2 E cm -1 or 3.24 GHz for 3P 3/2, 3P 1/2

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22 Electron spin and fine structure (cont’d) The Dirac formula : predicts that states of same n and j, but different l remain degenerate In reality, this degeneracy is also lifted by QED effects (Lamb shift) For 2S 1/2, 2P 1/2 : E cm -1 or 1057 MHz

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23 Vector model of the atom Some people really need pictures… Recall: We can draw all of this as (j=3/2) m j = 3/2m j = 1/2

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24 Vector model of the atom (cont’d) These pictures are nice, but NOT problem-free Consider maximum-projection state m j = j Q: What is the maximal value of j x or j y that can be measured ? A: that might be inferred from the picture is wrong… m j = 3/2

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25 Vector model of the atom (cont’d) So how do we draw angular momenta and coupling ? Maybe as a vector of expectation values, e.g., ? Simple Has well defined QM meaning BUT Boring Non-illuminating Or stick with the cones ?

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