Phase-space description of the magneto-optical trap
Laboratoire PhLAM, CNRS UMR 8523, Bât. P5, Université Lille 1, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex, France
Corresponding author: a Daniel.Hennequin@univ-lille1.fr
Revised: 7 September 2010
Published online: 8 October 2010
An exhaustive kinetic model for the atoms in a 1D magneto-optical trap is derived, without any approximations. It is shown that the atomic density is described by a Vlasov-Fokker-Planck equation, coupled with two simple differential equations describing the trap beam propagation. The analogy of such a system with plasmas is discussed. This set of equations is then simplified through some approximations, and it is shown that corrective terms have to be added to the models usually used in this context.
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2010