Cold atoms in a hollow mirror trap

J. A. Kim, K. I. Lee, Hyunchul Nha, H. R. Noh, W. Jhe

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We present a novel and simple vapour-cell magneto-optical atom trap in a pyramidal and a conical hollow mirror cavity. A single laser beam having modulation sidebands at microwaves is used for cooling, trapping and repumping of rubidium atoms. When the laser is circularly polarized and sent into the hollow region, three pairs of counter-propagating beams are automatically produced therein, having the same polarization configuration as in the conventional six beam magneto-optical trap. The precooled atom sources thus produced may be used to obtain much colder and denser atoms for study of their quantum statistical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3311-3317
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 1997
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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Kim, J. A., Lee, K. I., Nha, H., Noh, H. R., & Jhe, W. (1997). Cold atoms in a hollow mirror trap. International Journal of Modern Physics B, 11(28), 3311-3317.