Realization of a mirror magneto-optical trap

M. A. Clifford, G. P.T. Lancaster, R. H. Mitchell, F. Akerboom, K. Dholakia

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We present details for construction and the operation of a mirror magneto-optical trap for cooling and trapping rubidium atoms. For trap operation, only four input laser beams are needed in contrast to the normal six for a standard trap. In excess of 108 atoms have been trapped with this arrangement, with the atomic ensemble only ∼1mm from the surface of a reflective mirror. This trap is highly suited to studies of magnetic guiding and magnetic manipulation of cold atomic ensembles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1123-1128
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001 May

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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    Clifford, M. A., Lancaster, G. P. T., Mitchell, R. H., Akerboom, F., & Dholakia, K. (2001). Realization of a mirror magneto-optical trap. Journal of Modern Optics, 48(6), 1123-1128.