Abstract

We demonstrate laser slowing of a hot thulium atomic beam using the nearly closed cycling transition 4f136s2(Fo2)(J=72)4f12(H53)5d326s2(J=92) at 410.6 nm. Atoms are decelerated to velocities around 25 m/s by a 40 cm Zeeman slower. The flux of slowed atoms is evaluated as 107s1cm2. The experiment explicitly indicates the possibility of trapping Tm atoms in a magneto-optical trap.

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