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A 3D-printed alkali metal dispenser



Eric B. Norrgard, Daniel S. Barker, James A. Fedchak, Nikolai N. Klimov, Julia K. Scherschligt, Stephen P. Eckel


We demonstrate and characterize a source of Li atoms made from direct metal laser sintered Ti. The source's outgassing rate is measured to be $5 \,(2)\cdot 10^{-7}$\,$\rm{Pa}~ \rm{L}~ \rm{s}^{-1}$ at the temperature which optimizes the number of atoms loaded into a magneto-optical trap. The source loads $\approx 10^7$ $^7$Li atoms in the trap in $\approx 1$\,s. The loaded source weighs 700\,mg and is suitable for a number of deployable sensors based on cold atoms.
Review of Scientific Instruments


cold atoms, vacuum sensor, lithium, alkali metal dispenser


Norrgard, E. , Barker, D. , Fedchak, J. , Klimov, N. , Scherschligt, J. and Eckel, S. (2018), A 3D-printed alkali metal dispenser, Review of Scientific Instruments, [online], (Accessed May 18, 2024)


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Created April 30, 2018, Updated December 1, 2020