ac electric trapping of neutral atoms

Titleac electric trapping of neutral atoms
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsS. Schlunk, A. Marian, W. Schollkopf, G. Meijer
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume77
Number4
Pagination9
Date PublishedApr
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1050-2947
Accession NumberISI:000255457100110
KeywordsFIELDS, GROUND-STATE, MOLECULES, TRAPS
Abstract

We study the dynamic behavior of ultracold neutral atoms in a macroscopic ac electric trap. Confinement in such a trap is achieved by switching between two saddle-point configurations of the electric field. The gradual formation of a stably trapped cloud is observed and the trap performance is studied versus the switching frequency and the symmetry of the switching cycle. Additionally, the electric field in the trap is mapped out by imaging the atom cloud while the fields are still on. Finally, the phase-space acceptance of the trap is probed by introducing a modified switching cycle. The experimental results are reproduced using full three-dimensional trajectory calculations.

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GUTHz

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Alternate TitlePhys. Rev. A

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