Atomic resonance filters are ultranarrow-band wide field-of-view optical devices that exclude sunlight and other broadband interferences from laser receivers.1 Applications include laser radar, lasercom, remote atmospheric sensing, sea floor mapping, deep space communications, underwater communications, combustion diagnostics, and plasma emission. Laboratory experimentation on atomic filtering has been conducted on cesium2 and rubidium ground state species and optically pumped transitions in rubidium,3 thallium—cesium,4 potassium, and magnesium.5

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