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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1988
  • pp: 452–454

Atomic-density-dependent losses in an optical trap

M. Prentiss, A. Cable, J. E. Bjorkholm, Steven Chu, E. L. Raab, and D. E. Pritchard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 13, Issue 6, pp. 452-454 (1988)

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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)

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