Efficient cooling and trapping of strontium atoms

I. Courtillot, A. Quessada, R. P. Kovacich, J. J. Zondy, A. Landragin, A. Clairon, P. Lemonde

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We report the capture of cold strontium atoms in a magneto-optical trap (MOT) at a rate of 4 × 1010 atoms/s. The MOT is loaded from an atomic beam decelerated by a Zeeman slower operating with a focused laser beam. The 461-nm laser, used for both cooling and trapping, was generated by sum-frequency mixing in a KTP crystal with diode lasers at 813 nm and a Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm. As much as 115 mW of blue light was obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-470
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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