Magneto-optical trapping and background-free imaging for atoms near nanostructured surfaces

Hamid Ohadi, Matthew Himsworth, Andre Xuereb, Tim Freegarde

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Abstract

We demonstrate a combined magneto-optical trap and imaging system that is suitable for the investigation of cold atoms near surfaces. In particular, we are able to trap atoms close to optically scattering surfaces and to image them with an excellent signal-to-noise ratio. We also demonstrate a simple magneto-optical atom cloud launching method. We anticipate that this system will be useful for a range of experimental studies of novel atom-surface interactions and atom trap miniaturization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23003
JournalOptics Express
Volume17
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

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