A compact magneto-optical trap apparatus for calcium

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

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Abstract

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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages095303
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Volume20
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

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Laser cooling
Optical lattices
Trace analysis
Calcium
Trap
Clocks
calcium
Lifetime
Earth (planet)
Laser Cooling
traps
Optical Lattice
life (durability)
Atoms
laser cooling
Rate Equations
Trapping
Degeneracy
clocks
Collision

Keywords

  • 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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Dammalapati, U. ; Norris, I. ; Maguire, L. ; Borkowski, M. ; Riis, E. / A compact magneto-optical trap apparatus for calcium. In: Measurement Science and Technology. 2009 ; Vol. 20, No. 9. pp. 095303.
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Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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