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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2004
  • pp: 3–6

Two-species cold atomic beam

Nathan Lundblad, David C. Aveline, Robert J. Thompson, James M. Kohel, Jaime Ramirez-Serrano, William M. Klipstein, Daphna G. Enzer, Nan Yu, and Lute Maleki  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 3-6 (2004)

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We generate a bright atomic beam containing laser-cooled rubidium and cesium, and we use this beam to load a mixed-species ultrahigh-vacuum (UHV) magneto-optical trap. We have characterized our two-species atomic beam over a range of operating conditions, and we obtain similar atom fluxes for each species. Within the UHV trap, interspecies inelastic collisions are observed in the form of enhanced decay rates of a given species in the presence of a second trapped species. We analyze the trap decays to obtain a loss rate due to heteronuclear cold collisions, and we compare our result to similar measurements in vapor-cell traps [Phys. Rev. A 63, 033406 (2001)].

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OCIS Codes
(020.2070) Atomic and molecular physics : Effects of collisions
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(140.3320) Lasers and laser optics : Laser cooling

Nathan Lundblad, David C. Aveline, Robert J. Thompson, James M. Kohel, Jaime Ramirez-Serrano, William M. Klipstein, Daphna G. Enzer, Nan Yu, and Lute Maleki, "Two-species cold atomic beam," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 3-6 (2004)

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