Trapping atoms with optical potentials

Steven L. Rolston, C. Gerz, K. Helmerson, P. S. Jessen, Paul D. Lett, W. D. Phillips, R. J. Spreeuw, C. I. Westbrook

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Ultralow temperatures produced with polarization-gradient cooling now allow atoms to be trapped in shallow optical potential wells. We present evidence for the quantized motion of atoms in a 1-D optical molasses with the observation of spontaneous Raman transitions between vibrational levels in these wells, observed in fluorescence. In addition, we discuss the features of a far off resonance trap (FORT) - a single focus dipole force trap so far off resonance to be an essentially ground-state trap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0819408999, 9780819408990
StatePublished - 1992
Event1992 Shanghai International Symposium on Quantum Optics - Shanghai, China
Duration: Mar 29 1992Apr 2 1992

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


Other1992 Shanghai International Symposium on Quantum Optics
CityShanghai, China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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