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Comment on: Magnetic field measurements in Rb vapor by splitting Hanle resonances under the presence of a perpendicular scanning magnetic field

Weis, Antoine ; Shi, Yongqi ; Grujić, Zoran D.

In: The European Physical Journal D, 2017, vol. 71, no. 4, p. 80

In a recent article in this journal Grewal and Pattabiraman reported on the splitting of ground state Hanle resonances (recorded with linearly polarized light) by a transverse field. They claimed a “linearly proportional” dependence on the transverse field strength and supported this observation with results from numerical simulations. In this comment we argue that the splitting occurs... Plus

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    In a recent article in this journal Grewal and Pattabiraman reported on the splitting of ground state Hanle resonances (recorded with linearly polarized light) by a transverse field. They claimed a “linearly proportional” dependence on the transverse field strength and supported this observation with results from numerical simulations. In this comment we argue that the splitting occurs only beyond a certain threshold field value and that it has a strong non-linearity near threshold. We base this claim on our previously published algebraic expressions for the line shapes and support this by experimental evidence. Graphical abstractOpen image in new window