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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1989
  • pp: 2072–2083

Optical molasses and multilevel atoms: experiment

David S. Weiss, Erling Riis, Yaakov Shevy, P. Jeffrey Ungar, and Steven Chu  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 6, Issue 11, pp. 2072-2083 (1989)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.6.002072


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Abstract

The cooling mechanisms for laser cooling of atoms in optical molasses have been investigated experimentally. A significant simplification over the usual three-dimensional geometry has been obtained by studying the optical molasses in one or two dimensions only. By proper choice of polarizations the behavior of a pure two-level system as well as the more complicated effects of polarization gradients on laser cooling of a multilevel atom were observed.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: April 17, 1989
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 1989
Published: November 1, 1989

Citation
David S. Weiss, Erling Riis, Yaakov Shevy, P. Jeffrey Ungar, and Steven Chu, "Optical molasses and multilevel atoms: experiment," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 6, 2072-2083 (1989)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-6-11-2072

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