Abstract

The polarization ratio of near-resonance Rayleigh scattering (NRRS) from barium ions in a resonant laser-driven plasma has been measured. The Ba+ resonance transition involved in the NRRS originates from a state with angular momentum J ≠ 0. It has been deduced from the experimental results that the resonance scattering is completely depolarized, which is in good agreement with theory.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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