Title

Laser Cooling of Neutral Atoms

Publication Year

2002

Keywords

Laser stabilization, atom trapping, atoms, absorption

Disciplines

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics | Chemistry | Physics

Abstract

The theory of cooling neutral atoms to microkelvin temperatures using a magneto optical trap will be presented. The system that is discussed uses a stabilized grating tuned diode laser that is controlled using feedback from a saturation absorption spectrophotometer to produce narrow band continuously tunable IR light for trapping rubidium atoms. A description of the design and construction of each of the components used to create the magneto optical trap will also be discussed. In the final section a description of an exceptionally accurate atomic clock that is used to measure the natural resonance frequency of laser cooled cesium atoms is also presented.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Chemistry

Department 2 Awarding Honors Status

Physics

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