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Continuous beam of laser-cooled Yb atoms

Rathod, KD and Singh, Alok K and Natarajan, Vasant (2013) Continuous beam of laser-cooled Yb atoms. In: EPL, 102 (4).

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We demonstrate the launching of laser-cooled Yb atoms in a continuous atomic beam. The continuous cold beam has significant advantages over the more-common pulsed fountain, which was also demonstrated by us recently. The cold beam is formed in the following steps: i) atoms from a thermal beam are first Zeeman-slowed to a small final velocity; ii) the slowed atoms are captured in a two-dimensional magneto-optic trap (2D-MOT); and iii) atoms are launched continuously in the vertical direction using two sets of moving-molasses beams, inclined at +/- 15 degrees to the vertical. The cooling transition used is the strongly allowed S-1(0) -> P-1(1) transition at 399 nm. We capture about 7x10(6) atoms in the 2D-MOT, and then launch them with a vertical velocity of 13m/s at a longitudinal temperature of 125(6) mK. Copyright (C) EPLA, 2013

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to EPL ASSOCIATION, FRANCE.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2013 10:20
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2013 10:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/47076

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