Experimental realization of two-isotope collision-assisted Zeeman cooling
The work presented in this thesis focuses on the demonstration and initial evaluation of a novel non-evaporative cooling method called collision-assisted Zeeman cooling. For this realization, an ultracold gas consisting of a mixture of 87Rb and 8Rb was used. Cooling was accomplished through interisotope inelastic spin-exchange collisions that converted kinetic energy into magnetic energy. Continual optical pumping spin polarized the 85Rb which ensured that only kinetic energy reducing collisions occurred and the scattered pump photons carried entropy out of the system. Thus, cooling of the ...
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