A compact magneto-optical trap apparatus for calcium

U. Dammalapati, I. Norris, L. Maguire, M. Borkowski, E. Riis

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We present a compact apparatus for laser cooling and trapping of atomic calcium. The set-up consisting of a Zeeman-slowed thermal beam and a magneto-optical trap (MOT) has potential use for studying optical lattices, optical clocks, sensitive trace analysis, ultra-cold collisions and the feasibility of achieving quantum degeneracy in an alkaline earth element. Construction of the apparatus is described as well as the characterization of the trap in terms of atom number and lifetime. The lifetime results are compared with a rate equation model for the system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)095303
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009


  • calcium
  • Zeeman slower
  • laser cooling
  • magneto-optical trap
  • lifetime
  • bose-einstein condensation
  • alkaline-earth atoms
  • sodium atoms
  • laser
  • frequency
  • beam
  • spectroscopy
  • transition


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