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Magneto-optical trap and its application to ultra-cold atom collision studies

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dc.contributor.advisor Hulet, Randall G.
dc.creator Xiao, Yanyang
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:46:35Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:46:35Z
dc.date.issued 1994
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1911/13918
dc.description.abstract We have successfully trapped $\sp7$Li in a vapor cell magneto-optical trap (MOT). The trap is studied in detail and the parameters are measured from the experiment. The trapping mechanism has been understood in terms of the radiation force and a simple one dimensional model is used in interpreting and predicting the experimental results. The cold-cold atom collision rate coefficient is measured in a beam MOT. The two collision mechanisms, fine structure changing and radiative escape, are discussed in a molecular picture. One of the channels, the fine structure changing channel, can be turned on and off by the experimental conditions, namely the laser intensity in this experiment. The rate coefficient for each mechanism has been determined from the experiment.
dc.format.extent 77 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Physics, Atomic
Physics, Optics
Physics, Electricity and Magnetism
dc.title Magneto-optical trap and its application to ultra-cold atom collision studies
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.identifier.citation Xiao, Yanyang. (1994) "Magneto-optical trap and its application to ultra-cold atom collision studies." Masters Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/13918.

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