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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2955–2957

Zeeman slowing of thulium atoms

K. Chebakov, A. Sokolov, A. Akimov, D. Sukachev, S. Kanorsky, N. Kolachevsky, and V. Sorokin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 19, pp. 2955-2957 (2009)

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We demonstrate laser slowing of a hot thulium atomic beam using the nearly closed cycling transition 4 f 13 6 s 2 ( F o 2 ) ( J = 7 2 ) 4 f 12 ( H 5 3 ) 5 d 3 2 6 s 2 ( J = 9 2 ) at 410.6 nm. Atoms are decelerated to velocities around 25 m/s by a 40 cm Zeeman slower. The flux of slowed atoms is evaluated as 10 7 s 1 cm 2 . The experiment explicitly indicates the possibility of trapping Tm atoms in a magneto-optical trap.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3320) Lasers and laser optics : Laser cooling
(300.6360) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 7, 2009
Published: September 24, 2009

K. Chebakov, A. Sokolov, A. Akimov, D. Sukachev, S. Kanorsky, N. Kolachevsky, and V. Sorokin, "Zeeman slowing of thulium atoms," Opt. Lett. 34, 2955-2957 (2009)

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