1 S - 2 p2 of mercury excited by plane polarized light shows 79% polarization both in the absence of any magnetic field and in the presence of a field parallel to the electric vector. That the polarization is not complete might be interpreted as clue to collisions but more probably is clue to the fact that in weak fields some of the fine components of λ 2537 have not the same Zeeman pattern as in strong fields. The polarization with other relative orientations of field and light vector and the variation of polarization with field intensity in weak fields may be interpreted successfully by means of a semi-classical model, with proper relative intensities parallel and perpendicular to the light vector, rotating after excitation with angular velocity 1/2 g (e/m) (H/c) and emitting a damped wave. From curves connecting polarization, rotation of maximum of polarization, etc., with field intensity x has been found to be 1.02(±02) l07sec-1.
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Olson, Harry F.
"Polarization of λ2537 of Mercury,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 34(1), 283-284.
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