Abstract

A compact cold atom beam source based on a multistage two-dimensional magneto-optical trap (MOT) has been demonstrated and characterized. The multiple-stage design greatly reduces the overall size of the source apparatus while providing a high flux of atoms. The cold atom beam was used to load a separate MOT in ultrahigh vacuum, and we obtained an actual trap loading rate of 1.5×109  atomss while using only 20mW of total laser power for the source. The entire source apparatus, including optics, can fit into a 4cm×4cm×13cm volume.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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