Abstract

We report on an experimental method to align a laser beam to a cloud of atoms trapped in a magneto-optical trap (MOT). We show how balanced lock-in detection leads to a very sensitive method to align the laser beam to the atoms in the plane perpendicular to the propagation direction. This provides a very reliable and fast way of aligning laser beams to atoms trapped in a MOT.

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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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2006 (1)

R. Dumke, M. Johanning, E. Gomez, J. D. Weinstein, K. M. Jones, and P. D. Lett, “All-optical generation and photoassociative probing of sodium Bose-Einstein condensates,” New J. Phys.8, 64 (2006)
[CrossRef]

2003 (3)

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “Bose-Einstein condensation in a CO2-laser optical dipole trap,” Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt.77, 773 (2003)
[CrossRef]

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “All-optical realization of an atom laser,” Phys. Rev. Lett.91, 240408 (2003)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Weber, J. Herbig, M. Mark, H.-C. Naegerl, and R. Grimm, “Bose-Einstein condensation of cesium,” Science299, 232 (2003)
[CrossRef]

2002 (2)

S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, K. M. O’Hara, and J. E. Thomas, “All-optical production of a degenerate fermi gas,” Phys. Rev. Lett.88, 120405 (2002)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. M. O’Hara, S. L. Hemmer, M. E. Gehm, S. R. Granade, and J. E. Thomas, “Observation of a strongly interacting degenerate fermi gas of atoms,” Science298, 5601 (2002)

2001 (1)

M. D. Barrett, J. A. Sauer, and M. S. Chapman, “All-optical formation of an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate,” Phys. Rev. Lett.87, 010404 (2001)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1999 (1)

K. M. O’Hara, S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, T. A. Savard, S. Bali, C. Freed, and J. E. Thomas, “Ultrastable CO2 laser trapping of lithium fermions,” Phys. Rev. Lett.82, 4204 (1999)
[CrossRef]

1998 (1)

T. Takekoshi, B. M. Patterson, and R. J. Knize, “Observation of optically trapped cold cesium molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett.81, 5105 (1998)
[CrossRef]

Bali, S.

K. M. O’Hara, S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, T. A. Savard, S. Bali, C. Freed, and J. E. Thomas, “Ultrastable CO2 laser trapping of lithium fermions,” Phys. Rev. Lett.82, 4204 (1999)
[CrossRef]

Barrett, M. D.

M. D. Barrett, J. A. Sauer, and M. S. Chapman, “All-optical formation of an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate,” Phys. Rev. Lett.87, 010404 (2001)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cennini, G.

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “All-optical realization of an atom laser,” Phys. Rev. Lett.91, 240408 (2003)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “Bose-Einstein condensation in a CO2-laser optical dipole trap,” Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt.77, 773 (2003)
[CrossRef]

Chapman, M. S.

M. D. Barrett, J. A. Sauer, and M. S. Chapman, “All-optical formation of an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate,” Phys. Rev. Lett.87, 010404 (2001)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Dumke, R.

R. Dumke, M. Johanning, E. Gomez, J. D. Weinstein, K. M. Jones, and P. D. Lett, “All-optical generation and photoassociative probing of sodium Bose-Einstein condensates,” New J. Phys.8, 64 (2006)
[CrossRef]

Freed, C.

K. M. O’Hara, S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, T. A. Savard, S. Bali, C. Freed, and J. E. Thomas, “Ultrastable CO2 laser trapping of lithium fermions,” Phys. Rev. Lett.82, 4204 (1999)
[CrossRef]

Geckeler, C.

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “Bose-Einstein condensation in a CO2-laser optical dipole trap,” Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt.77, 773 (2003)
[CrossRef]

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “All-optical realization of an atom laser,” Phys. Rev. Lett.91, 240408 (2003)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gehm, M. E.

K. M. O’Hara, S. L. Hemmer, M. E. Gehm, S. R. Granade, and J. E. Thomas, “Observation of a strongly interacting degenerate fermi gas of atoms,” Science298, 5601 (2002)

S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, K. M. O’Hara, and J. E. Thomas, “All-optical production of a degenerate fermi gas,” Phys. Rev. Lett.88, 120405 (2002)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. M. O’Hara, S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, T. A. Savard, S. Bali, C. Freed, and J. E. Thomas, “Ultrastable CO2 laser trapping of lithium fermions,” Phys. Rev. Lett.82, 4204 (1999)
[CrossRef]

Gomez, E.

R. Dumke, M. Johanning, E. Gomez, J. D. Weinstein, K. M. Jones, and P. D. Lett, “All-optical generation and photoassociative probing of sodium Bose-Einstein condensates,” New J. Phys.8, 64 (2006)
[CrossRef]

Granade, S. R.

K. M. O’Hara, S. L. Hemmer, M. E. Gehm, S. R. Granade, and J. E. Thomas, “Observation of a strongly interacting degenerate fermi gas of atoms,” Science298, 5601 (2002)

S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, K. M. O’Hara, and J. E. Thomas, “All-optical production of a degenerate fermi gas,” Phys. Rev. Lett.88, 120405 (2002)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. M. O’Hara, S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, T. A. Savard, S. Bali, C. Freed, and J. E. Thomas, “Ultrastable CO2 laser trapping of lithium fermions,” Phys. Rev. Lett.82, 4204 (1999)
[CrossRef]

Grimm, R.

T. Weber, J. Herbig, M. Mark, H.-C. Naegerl, and R. Grimm, “Bose-Einstein condensation of cesium,” Science299, 232 (2003)
[CrossRef]

Hemmer, S. L.

K. M. O’Hara, S. L. Hemmer, M. E. Gehm, S. R. Granade, and J. E. Thomas, “Observation of a strongly interacting degenerate fermi gas of atoms,” Science298, 5601 (2002)

Herbig, J.

T. Weber, J. Herbig, M. Mark, H.-C. Naegerl, and R. Grimm, “Bose-Einstein condensation of cesium,” Science299, 232 (2003)
[CrossRef]

Johanning, M.

R. Dumke, M. Johanning, E. Gomez, J. D. Weinstein, K. M. Jones, and P. D. Lett, “All-optical generation and photoassociative probing of sodium Bose-Einstein condensates,” New J. Phys.8, 64 (2006)
[CrossRef]

Jones, K. M.

R. Dumke, M. Johanning, E. Gomez, J. D. Weinstein, K. M. Jones, and P. D. Lett, “All-optical generation and photoassociative probing of sodium Bose-Einstein condensates,” New J. Phys.8, 64 (2006)
[CrossRef]

Knize, R. J.

T. Takekoshi, B. M. Patterson, and R. J. Knize, “Observation of optically trapped cold cesium molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett.81, 5105 (1998)
[CrossRef]

Lett, P. D.

R. Dumke, M. Johanning, E. Gomez, J. D. Weinstein, K. M. Jones, and P. D. Lett, “All-optical generation and photoassociative probing of sodium Bose-Einstein condensates,” New J. Phys.8, 64 (2006)
[CrossRef]

Mark, M.

T. Weber, J. Herbig, M. Mark, H.-C. Naegerl, and R. Grimm, “Bose-Einstein condensation of cesium,” Science299, 232 (2003)
[CrossRef]

Naegerl, H.-C.

T. Weber, J. Herbig, M. Mark, H.-C. Naegerl, and R. Grimm, “Bose-Einstein condensation of cesium,” Science299, 232 (2003)
[CrossRef]

O’Hara, K. M.

K. M. O’Hara, S. L. Hemmer, M. E. Gehm, S. R. Granade, and J. E. Thomas, “Observation of a strongly interacting degenerate fermi gas of atoms,” Science298, 5601 (2002)

S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, K. M. O’Hara, and J. E. Thomas, “All-optical production of a degenerate fermi gas,” Phys. Rev. Lett.88, 120405 (2002)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. M. O’Hara, S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, T. A. Savard, S. Bali, C. Freed, and J. E. Thomas, “Ultrastable CO2 laser trapping of lithium fermions,” Phys. Rev. Lett.82, 4204 (1999)
[CrossRef]

Patterson, B. M.

T. Takekoshi, B. M. Patterson, and R. J. Knize, “Observation of optically trapped cold cesium molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett.81, 5105 (1998)
[CrossRef]

Ritt, G.

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “Bose-Einstein condensation in a CO2-laser optical dipole trap,” Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt.77, 773 (2003)
[CrossRef]

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “All-optical realization of an atom laser,” Phys. Rev. Lett.91, 240408 (2003)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sauer, J. A.

M. D. Barrett, J. A. Sauer, and M. S. Chapman, “All-optical formation of an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate,” Phys. Rev. Lett.87, 010404 (2001)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Savard, T. A.

K. M. O’Hara, S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, T. A. Savard, S. Bali, C. Freed, and J. E. Thomas, “Ultrastable CO2 laser trapping of lithium fermions,” Phys. Rev. Lett.82, 4204 (1999)
[CrossRef]

Takekoshi, T.

T. Takekoshi, B. M. Patterson, and R. J. Knize, “Observation of optically trapped cold cesium molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett.81, 5105 (1998)
[CrossRef]

Thomas, J. E.

S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, K. M. O’Hara, and J. E. Thomas, “All-optical production of a degenerate fermi gas,” Phys. Rev. Lett.88, 120405 (2002)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. M. O’Hara, S. L. Hemmer, M. E. Gehm, S. R. Granade, and J. E. Thomas, “Observation of a strongly interacting degenerate fermi gas of atoms,” Science298, 5601 (2002)

K. M. O’Hara, S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, T. A. Savard, S. Bali, C. Freed, and J. E. Thomas, “Ultrastable CO2 laser trapping of lithium fermions,” Phys. Rev. Lett.82, 4204 (1999)
[CrossRef]

Weber, T.

T. Weber, J. Herbig, M. Mark, H.-C. Naegerl, and R. Grimm, “Bose-Einstein condensation of cesium,” Science299, 232 (2003)
[CrossRef]

Weinstein, J. D.

R. Dumke, M. Johanning, E. Gomez, J. D. Weinstein, K. M. Jones, and P. D. Lett, “All-optical generation and photoassociative probing of sodium Bose-Einstein condensates,” New J. Phys.8, 64 (2006)
[CrossRef]

Weitz, M.

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “All-optical realization of an atom laser,” Phys. Rev. Lett.91, 240408 (2003)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “Bose-Einstein condensation in a CO2-laser optical dipole trap,” Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt.77, 773 (2003)
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt. (1)

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “Bose-Einstein condensation in a CO2-laser optical dipole trap,” Appl. Phys. B: Lasers Opt.77, 773 (2003)
[CrossRef]

New J. Phys. (1)

R. Dumke, M. Johanning, E. Gomez, J. D. Weinstein, K. M. Jones, and P. D. Lett, “All-optical generation and photoassociative probing of sodium Bose-Einstein condensates,” New J. Phys.8, 64 (2006)
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (5)

M. D. Barrett, J. A. Sauer, and M. S. Chapman, “All-optical formation of an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate,” Phys. Rev. Lett.87, 010404 (2001)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, K. M. O’Hara, and J. E. Thomas, “All-optical production of a degenerate fermi gas,” Phys. Rev. Lett.88, 120405 (2002)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Cennini, G. Ritt, C. Geckeler, and M. Weitz, “All-optical realization of an atom laser,” Phys. Rev. Lett.91, 240408 (2003)
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Takekoshi, B. M. Patterson, and R. J. Knize, “Observation of optically trapped cold cesium molecules,” Phys. Rev. Lett.81, 5105 (1998)
[CrossRef]

K. M. O’Hara, S. R. Granade, M. E. Gehm, T. A. Savard, S. Bali, C. Freed, and J. E. Thomas, “Ultrastable CO2 laser trapping of lithium fermions,” Phys. Rev. Lett.82, 4204 (1999)
[CrossRef]

Science (2)

T. Weber, J. Herbig, M. Mark, H.-C. Naegerl, and R. Grimm, “Bose-Einstein condensation of cesium,” Science299, 232 (2003)
[CrossRef]

K. M. O’Hara, S. L. Hemmer, M. E. Gehm, S. R. Granade, and J. E. Thomas, “Observation of a strongly interacting degenerate fermi gas of atoms,” Science298, 5601 (2002)

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