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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2009
  • pp: 210–217

Compact laser cooling apparatus for simultaneous cooling of lithium and rubidium

Keith Ladouceur, Bruce G. Klappauf, Janelle Van Dongen, Nina Rauhut, Bastian Schuster, Arthur K. Mills, David J. Jones, and Kirk W. Madison  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 210-217 (2009)

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We report on a dual species laser cooling apparatus capable of collecting over 10 8 Rb 87 or Rb 85 atoms from an atomic vapor or up to ( 8 ± 2 ) × 10 7 Li 6 atoms directly into a magneto-optic trap (MOT) from an effusive oven without the need for a Zeeman slower. The use of a miniature atomic oven placed close to the trapping region yields a compact vacuum system with a captured flux of more than 4 × 10 6 lithium atoms per second and a high quality vacuum in the 10 10   Torr range. The atomic sources, laser system, and vacuum system are described. In addition, we use this system to study atom loss from the MOT due to interspecies collisions between Li 6 and Rb 85 or Rb 87 . We report for the first time the heteronuclear loss coefficients for Li 6 Rb 85 mixtures.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.2070) Atomic and molecular physics : Effects of collisions
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(020.3320) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser cooling

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: September 30, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 19, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 19, 2008
Published: January 13, 2009

Keith Ladouceur, Bruce G. Klappauf, Janelle Van Dongen, Nina Rauhut, Bastian Schuster, Arthur K. Mills, David J. Jones, and Kirk W. Madison, "Compact laser cooling apparatus for simultaneous cooling of lithium and rubidium," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 210-217 (2009)

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