An atomic fountain guided by a far-off resonance laser beam
Department of Physics, Durham University - South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
Accepted: 10 December 1998
We demonstrate an atomic fountain guided by a far-off resonance laser beam. We show that atoms can be launched within the guide without heating, and guided through a small aperture to a UHV chamber. The extension to continuous operation is discussed.
PACS: 32.80.Pj – Optical cooling of atoms; trapping / 42.50.Vk – Mechanical effects of light on atoms, molecules, electrons, and ions
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