Applied Physics B

, Volume 109, Issue 1, pp 61–64 | Cite as

A compact high-efficiency cold atom beam source

  • James R. Kellogg
  • Dennis Schlippert
  • James M. Kohel
  • Robert J. Thompson
  • David C. Aveline
  • Nan YuEmail author


We report on a compact high-efficiency Cs slow atom beam source based on a retro-reflected two-dimensional magneto-optical trap (2D MOT). Employing two laser beams in an angled retro-reflected setup, we achieve 3D MOT loading rates greater than 8 × 109 atoms/s using only 20 mW of total laser power for the source.


Atom Beam Vapor Cell Gravity Gradiometer Trap Length Capture Velocity 
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We thank P. Hamilton and H. Müller for helpful discussions. This research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. ©2011 California Institute of Technology. Government sponsorship acknowledged


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James R. Kellogg
    • 1
  • Dennis Schlippert
    • 2
  • James M. Kohel
    • 1
  • Robert J. Thompson
    • 1
  • David C. Aveline
    • 1
  • Nan Yu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.Institut für QuantenoptikLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany

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