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.
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We would like to thank the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for supporting this work.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics