Simultaneous trapping of 85Rb & 87Rb in a far off resonant trap
The experiments described in this thesis were focused on the physics of simultaneous trapping of 85Rb and 87Rb into a Far Off Resonant Trap (FORT), with a view towards the implementation of a non-evaporative cooling scheme. Atoms were first trapped in a Magneto Optical Trap (MOT) and from there loaded into the FORT. We investigated the effects of loading the FORT from a MOT vs. an optical molasses; observing that the molasses significantly improved the trapped atom number. The ultimate number of atoms trapped is determined by a balance between efficient laser cooling into the FORT and ...
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