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Magneto-optical trapping of Stark-slowed metastable He atoms

  • R. Jung
  • S. Gerlach
  • R. Schumann
  • G. von Oppen
  • U. Eichmann

Abstract:

We report on the first successful loading of a magneto-optical trap (MOT) with metastable He atoms from a Stark-slower. Thereby, deceleration of the atoms relies on laser-atom interaction in an inhomogeneous electric field. We show that the results obtained are comparable with early results from other groups achieved with a Zeeman slower. The Stark slower, which is able to fully control the final velocity of the atomic He beam, is the first step in achieving complete spin independent kinematic control based solely on electric fields.

PACS. 32.80.-t Photon interactions with atoms – 32.80.Pj Optical cooling of atoms; trapping 

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© EDP Sciences, Springer-Verlag, Società Italiana di Fisica 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Jung
    • 1
  • S. Gerlach
    • 2
  • R. Schumann
    • 2
  • G. von Oppen
    • 1
  • U. Eichmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Technische Universität Berlin, 10623 Berlin, GermanyDE
  2. 2.Max-Born-Institut, Max-Born Strasse 2a, 12489 Berlin, GermanyDE

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