Slowing atoms with sigma - polarized light

  • Barrett T
  • Dapore-Schwartz S
  • Ray M
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We have modeled and experimentally investigated the ‘‘Zeeman tuned slowing’’ of rubidium using σ- polarized laser light. Previous studies have all used σ+ light. We find that important details of the slowing process enable this new method to produce significantly slower and more intense atomic beams than for the σ+ case. An additional advantage: σ- slowing exhibits much weaker dependence on laser wavelength and intensity.

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  • Thomas E. Barrett

  • Samuel W. Dapore-Schwartz

  • Mark D. Ray

  • Gregory P. Lafyatis

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