Dynamics of low-density ultracold plasmas in externally applied electric and magnetic fields
The experiments described in this thesis were focused on the influence of external electric and magnetic fields and electron evaporation on the evolution of ultracold plasmas (UCPs). The UCPs were created from the photoionization of 85Rb which was first captured in a magneto-optical trap (MOT) and then magnetically trapped and transferred by a set of magnetic coils attached to a motorized translation stage to a region of the vacuum chamber with a set of electrodes. The first experiment studied the response of the UCP to sharp electric field pulses, which included 2 cycles of a sine wave pulse. ...
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