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optical pumping

noun, Physics, Optics.
a method for increasing the number of atoms or molecules occupying higher energy levels by irradiating them with light of the proper frequencies to raise them to those levels.
Origin of optical pumping
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But these materials can only be activated with pulses of light-called optical pumping-which limits applications.
  • Fluorescence from the optical pumping region as a function of magnetic field.
  • Dye lasers commonly employ optical pumping although some types have used chemical reaction pumping.
  • He specializes in development of helium magnetometers and the application of solid state lasers for optical pumping sources.

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