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Interferometric laser cooling of atomic rubidium

Interferometric laser cooling of atomic rubidium
Interferometric laser cooling of atomic rubidium
We report the 1D cooling of Rb85 atoms using a velocity-dependent optical force based upon Ramsey matter-wave interferometry. Using stimulated Raman transitions between ground hyperfine states, 12 cycles of the interferometer sequence cool a freely moving atom cloud from 21 to 3???K. This pulsed analog of continuous-wave Doppler cooling is effective at temperatures down to the recoil limit; with augmentation pulses to increase the interferometer area, it should cool more quickly than conventional methods and be more suitable for species that lack a closed radiative transition.
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Dunning, Alexander
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Gregory, Rachel
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Bateman, James
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Himsworth, Matt
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Freegarde, Tim
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Gregory, Rachel
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Bateman, James
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Himsworth, Matt
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Freegarde, Tim
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Dunning, Alexander, Gregory, Rachel, Bateman, James, Himsworth, Matt and Freegarde, Tim (2015) Interferometric laser cooling of atomic rubidium. Physical Review Letters, 115 (73004), 1-5. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.073004).

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Abstract

We report the 1D cooling of Rb85 atoms using a velocity-dependent optical force based upon Ramsey matter-wave interferometry. Using stimulated Raman transitions between ground hyperfine states, 12 cycles of the interferometer sequence cool a freely moving atom cloud from 21 to 3???K. This pulsed analog of continuous-wave Doppler cooling is effective at temperatures down to the recoil limit; with augmentation pulses to increase the interferometer area, it should cool more quickly than conventional methods and be more suitable for species that lack a closed radiative transition.

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Published date: 14 August 2015
Organisations: Quantum, Light & Matter Group

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Local EPrints ID: 393594
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/393594
PURE UUID: 959bdbc2-5a40-4330-a87c-bbdbaeaf1a92
ORCID for Tim Freegarde: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0680-1330

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Date deposited: 29 Apr 2016 08:45
Last modified: 01 Oct 2019 00:51

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