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Generation of a cold pulsed beam of Rb atoms by transfer from a 3D magneto-optic trap

Sapam Ranjita Chanu; K. D. Rathod; Vasant Natarajan;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2016
We demonstrate a technique for producing a cold pulsed beam of atoms by transferring a cloud of atoms trapped in a three dimensional magneto-optic trap (MOT). The MOT is loaded by heating a getter source of Rb atoms. We show that it is advantageous to transfer with two beams (with a small angle between them) compared to a single beam, because the atoms stop interacting with the beams in the two-beam technique, which results in a Gaussian velocity distribution. The atoms are further cooled in optical molasses by turning off the MOT magnetic field before the transfer beams are turned on.
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arXiv: Physics::Atomic PhysicsCondensed Matter::Quantum GasesPhysics::Accelerator Physics
free text keywords: Physics - Atomic Physics, Physics - Optics, Getter, Optical molasses, Laser cooling, Physics, Beam (structure), Magnetic field, Atom, Magneto, Gaussian, symbols.namesake, symbols, Atomic physics
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