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Propagation of cold atoms along a miniature magnetic guide

Propagation of cold atoms along a miniature magnetic guide
Propagation of cold atoms along a miniature magnetic guide
A cloud of laser-cooled 85Rb atoms is coupled through a magnetic funnel into a miniature waveguide formed by four current-carrying wires embedded in a silica fiber. The atom cloud has a ~100 µm radius within the fiber and propagates over cm distances. We study the coupling, propagation, and transverse distribution of atoms in the fiber, and find good agreement with theory. This prototype demonstrates the feasibility of miniature guides as a tool in the new field of integrated atom optics, leading to single-mode propagation of de Broglie waves and the possible preparation of 1D atom clouds.
1371-1373
Key, M.
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Hughes, I.G.
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Rooijakkers, W.
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Sauer, B.E.
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Hinds, E.A.
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Richardson, D.J.
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Kazansky, P.G.
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Key, M.
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Hughes, I.G.
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Sauer, B.E.
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Hinds, E.A.
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Richardson, D.J.
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Key, M., Hughes, I.G., Rooijakkers, W., Sauer, B.E., Hinds, E.A., Richardson, D.J. and Kazansky, P.G. (2000) Propagation of cold atoms along a miniature magnetic guide. Physical Review Letters, 84 (7), 1371-1373. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.84.1371).

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A cloud of laser-cooled 85Rb atoms is coupled through a magnetic funnel into a miniature waveguide formed by four current-carrying wires embedded in a silica fiber. The atom cloud has a ~100 µm radius within the fiber and propagates over cm distances. We study the coupling, propagation, and transverse distribution of atoms in the fiber, and find good agreement with theory. This prototype demonstrates the feasibility of miniature guides as a tool in the new field of integrated atom optics, leading to single-mode propagation of de Broglie waves and the possible preparation of 1D atom clouds.

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Published date: 2000

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Local EPrints ID: 13652
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/13652
PURE UUID: 205d6537-df2a-488f-bf22-c7901f2f4773
ORCID for D.J. Richardson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7751-1058

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Date deposited: 06 Jan 2005
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:57

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Author: M. Key
Author: I.G. Hughes
Author: W. Rooijakkers
Author: B.E. Sauer
Author: E.A. Hinds
Author: D.J. Richardson ORCID iD
Author: P.G. Kazansky

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