We have observed that two-body collisions between cold sodium atoms confined within a magnetic-molasses optical trap lead to significant atomic-density-dependent trap losses. Such losses set an upper limit to the product of atomic density and confinement time that can be achieved in such a trap.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 10, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: March 10, 1988
Published: June 1, 1988
M. Prentiss, E. L. Raab, D. E. Pritchard, A. Cable, J. E. Bjorkholm, and Steven Chu, "Atomic-density-dependent losses in an optical trap," Opt. Lett. 13, 452-454 (1988)