Evaporative cooling of sodium atoms in a magnetic trap

R. J. Thompson, K. Helmerson, A. M. Steinberg, M. A. Gatzke, S. Rolston, W. D. Phillips

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A modification of the Cornell time-orbiting potential (TOP) trap is presented. The apparatus used was a novel Zeeman slowing configuration that allows on-axis loading into a magneto-optic trap (MOT) enclosed within a glass cell. The collected atoms were transferred into a TOP trap that was configured in such a way that the bias field rotated in a plane containing the quadrupole axis. Such an orientation results in a less anisotropic trapping potential, leading to a modest gain in the transfer efficiency of MOT.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventQuantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference 1997 - Baltimore, United States of America
Duration: 18 May 199723 May 1997
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/4829/proceeding (Proceedings)


ConferenceQuantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference 1997
Abbreviated titleQELS 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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