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Laser Cooling and Trapping

  • Harold J. Metcalf
  • Peter van der Straten

Part of the Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (GTCP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 3-16
    3. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 17-27
    4. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 29-37
    5. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 39-56
    6. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 57-70
  3. Cooling & Trapping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 73-86
    3. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 87-97
    4. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 99-122
    5. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 123-136
    6. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 137-148
    7. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 149-164
    8. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 165-175
  4. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 179-198
    3. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 199-218
    4. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 219-229
    5. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 231-240
    6. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 241-250
    7. Harold J. Metcalf, Peter van der Straten
      Pages 251-262
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 263-323

About this book

Introduction

Laser cooling is a relatively new technique that has led to insights into the behavior of atoms as well as confirming with striking detail some of the fundamental notions of quantum mechanics, such as the condensation predicted by S.N. Bose. This elegant technique, whereby atoms, molecules, and even microscopic beads of glass, are trapped in small regions of free space by beams of light and subsequently moved at will using other beams, provides a useful research tool for the study of individual atoms and clusters of atoms, for investigating the details of chemical reactions, and even for determining the physical properties of individual macromolecules such as synthetic polymers and DNA. Intended for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students who have some basic knowledge of optics and quantum mechanics, this text begins with a review of the relevant results of quantum mechanics, it then turns to the electromagnetic interactions involved in slowing and trapping atoms and ions, in both magnetic and optical traps. The concluding chapters discuss a broad range of applications, from atomic clocks and studies of collision processes to diffraction and interference of atomic beams at optical lattices and Bose-Einstein condensation.

Keywords

CERN Optics Quantum mechanics chemical reactions cluster collision mechanics molecule

Authors and affiliations

  • Harold J. Metcalf
    • 1
  • Peter van der Straten
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsSUNY at Stony BrookStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Physics and AstronomyDebye InstituteUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-1470-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-98728-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-1470-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0938-037X
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