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Laser cooling and trapping of radioactive atoms
Author(s): S. N. Atutov; Valerio Biancalana; A. Burchianti; R. Calabrese; L. Corradi; A. Dainelli; V. Guidi; B. Mai; C. Marinelli; E. Mariotti; L. Moi; E. Scansani; G. Stancari; L. Tomassetti; S. Veronesi
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Paper Abstract

Laser cooling and trapping techniques made possible during the last two decades important achievements in the atomic physics and quantum mechanics fields. These same techniques can be usefully applied to radioactive atoms by opening new fields of investigations. Nuclear processes can be studied with the atomic physics tools. We focused our attention on Francium radioactive atoms. A magneto-optical trap has been set up at the INFN Legnaro laboratories. Preliminary tests with other stable alkali atoms aimed at an improvement of the MOT collection efficiency are reported. Fast and efficient trap loading of rubidium has been obtained through the light-induced atomic desorption from an organic coating. A larger number of sodium atoms, as compared to monochromatic trapping laser, has been trapped by using a broad-band laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5226, 12th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, (4 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.518887
Show Author Affiliations
S. N. Atutov, Univ. degli Studi di Ferrara, INFN (Italy)
Valerio Biancalana, Univ. degli Studi di Siena, INFM (Italy)
A. Burchianti, Univ. degli Studi di Siena, INFM (Italy)
R. Calabrese, Univ. degli Studi di Ferrara, INFN (Italy)
L. Corradi, INFN Lab. Nazionali di Legnaro (Italy)
A. Dainelli, INFN Lab. Nazionali di Legnaro (Italy)
V. Guidi, Univ. degli Studi di Ferrara, INFN (Italy)
B. Mai, Univ. degli Studi di Ferrara, INFN (Italy)
C. Marinelli, Univ. degli Studi di Siena, INFM (Italy)
E. Mariotti, Univ. degli Studi di Siena, INFM (Italy)
L. Moi, Univ. degli Studi di Siena, INFM (Italy)
E. Scansani, Univ. degli Studi di Ferrara, INFN (Italy)
G. Stancari, Univ. degli Studi di Ferrara, INFN (Italy)
L. Tomassetti, Univ. degli Studi di Ferrara, INFN (Italy)
S. Veronesi, Univ. degli Studi di Siena, INFM (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5226:
12th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications
Peter A. Atanasov; Alexander A. Serafetinides; Ivan N. Kolev, Editor(s)

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