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Trapping atoms with optical potentials
Author(s): Steven L. Rolston; Christoph Gerz; Kristian Helmerson; P. S. Jessen; Paul D. Lett; William D. Phillips; R. J. Spreeuw; C. I. Westbrook
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Paper Abstract

Ultralow temperatures produced with polarization-gradient cooling now allow atoms to be trapped in shallow optical potential wells. We present evidence for the quantized motion of atoms in a 1-D optical molasses with the observation of spontaneous Raman transitions between vibrational levels in these wells, observed in fluorescence. In addition, we discuss the features of a far off resonance trap (FORT) -- a single focus dipole force trap so far off resonance to be an essentially ground-state trap.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 October 1992
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1726, 1992 Shanghai International Symposium on Quantum Optics, (28 October 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.130392
Show Author Affiliations
Steven L. Rolston, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Christoph Gerz, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Germany)
Kristian Helmerson, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
P. S. Jessen, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Denmark)
Paul D. Lett, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
William D. Phillips, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
R. J. Spreeuw, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
C. I. Westbrook, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1726:
1992 Shanghai International Symposium on Quantum Optics

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