A high flux source of cold strontium atoms
1 Centre for Quantum Technologies,
National University of Singapore, 117543
2 PAP, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 637371 Singapore, Singapore
3 MajuLab, CNRS-University of Nice-NUS-NTU International Joint Research Unit, UMI 3654, Singapore
Present address: NIM, Beijing, P.R. China.
b Present address: Earth Observatory of Singapore, NTU, Singapore.
c Present address: SYRTE, Paris, France.
d e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received in final form: 18 August 2015
Published online: 8 October 2015
We describe an experimental apparatus capable of achieving a high loading rate of strontium atoms in a magneto-optical trap operating in a high vacuum environment. A key innovation of this setup is a two dimensional magneto-optical trap deflector located after a Zeeman slower. We find a loading rate of 6 × 109 s-1 whereas the lifetime of the magnetically trapped atoms in the 3P2 state is 54 s.
Key words: Atomic Physics
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