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Cold and trapped metastable noble gases


We review experimental and theoretical work on cold, trapped metastable noble gases. We em- phasize the aspects which distinguish work with these atoms from the large body of work on cold, trapped atoms in general. These aspects include detection techniques and collision processes unique to metastable atoms. We describe several experiments exploiting these unique features in fields including atom optics and statistical physics. We also discuss precision measurements on these atoms including fine structure splittings, isotope shifts, and atomic lifetimes.
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hal-00629367 , version 1 (05-10-2011)
hal-00629367 , version 2 (13-03-2012)



Wim Vassen, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Michèle Leduc, Denis Boiron, Christoph I Westbrook, et al.. Cold and trapped metastable noble gases. Reviews of Modern Physics, 2012, 84 (1), pp.175. ⟨10.1103/RevModPhys.84.175⟩. ⟨hal-00629367v2⟩
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