We have captured 3.6 × 1010 cesium atoms in a magneto-optic trap loaded from a vapor cell. The 300-fold increase in the number of trapped atoms compared with that of previous research was accomplished by using larger laser intensities and 4-cm-diameter laser beams. The loading time constant was as short as 0.2 s.
© 1992 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 3, 1991
Published: April 1, 1992
Kurt E. Gibble, Steven Kasapi, and Steven Chu, "Improved magneto-optic trapping in a vapor cell," Opt. Lett. 17, 526-528 (1992)