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Published in in Correlations, Polarization, and Ionization in Atomic Systems, (AIP Conference Proceedings, #604), D.H. Madison and M. Schulz eds. (AIP, New York, 2002). Copyright 2002 American Institute of Physics. Used by permission.


We report our work in developing new "turn-key" sources of polarized electrons. These sources operate by extracting the electrons from a discharge and polarizing them through optical pumping. Preliminary work demonstrates that beams of 4 μA with greater than 20% polarization are possible. Such devices could enormously simplify the running of many experiments in the fields of atomic structure, magnetic materials and biophysics.

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