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

Published

Author(s)

Elizabeth A. Donley, Tara C. Liebisch, Eric M. Blanshan, John E. Kitching

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

Keywords

Bichromatic Cooling, Laser Cooling, Magneto-Optical Trap

Citation

Donley, E. , Liebisch, T. , Blanshan, E. and Kitching, J. (2012), Atom-number amplification in a magneto-optical trap via stimulated light forces, Physical Review A, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=909731 (Accessed September 19, 2021)
Created January 10, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017