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Publication Citation: Atom-number amplification in a magneto-optical trap via stimulated light forces

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Author(s): Elizabeth A. Donley; Tara C. Liebisch; Eric M. Blanshan; John E. Kitching;
Title: Atom-number amplification in a magneto-optical trap via stimulated light forces
Published: January 10, 2012
Abstract: We have decelerated an atomic beam of 87 Rb using a stimulated-emission slowing technique that makes use of a bichromatic standing light wave of high intensity and increased the load rate into a small magneto-optical trap by up to a factor of 20. We performed the slowing over distances of under 1.5 cm with 5.2 mW of total power in the bichromatic beams. We estimate that we achieve a slowing force that is 2.2 x larger than the maximum force achievable by spontaneous emission. The maximum achievable force could be increased in a smaller apparatus
Citation: Physical Review A
Volume: 85
Pages: pp. 013407-1 - 013407-4
Keywords: Bichromatic Cooling;Laser Cooling;Magneto-Optical Trap
Research Areas: Physics