Title

Magneto Optical Trapping of Rb-87

Document Type

Poster

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

Magneto Optical Traps (MOT) are systems used to investigate the behavior of atoms at very low temperatures. This project was focused on trapping Rb-87 atoms in a MOT with the goal of counting the number of atoms trapped and characterizing their temperature. The MOT system uses a magnetic field along with saturated absorption spectroscopy techniques to control laser beams that cool down and trap the atoms. A scientific grade CCD camera and MaxIm DL's imaging software were used to obtain clear images of the cluster of atoms trapped in the MOT. These images contain information that is key for performing measurements of number and temperature of the atoms. Work on the project was unavoidably interrupted and preliminary results and suggestions for future efforts will be presented.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Michael Braunstein

Department/Program

Physics

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/magneto-optical-trapping-of-rb-87/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Magneto Optical Trapping of Rb-87

Ellensburg

Magneto Optical Traps (MOT) are systems used to investigate the behavior of atoms at very low temperatures. This project was focused on trapping Rb-87 atoms in a MOT with the goal of counting the number of atoms trapped and characterizing their temperature. The MOT system uses a magnetic field along with saturated absorption spectroscopy techniques to control laser beams that cool down and trap the atoms. A scientific grade CCD camera and MaxIm DL's imaging software were used to obtain clear images of the cluster of atoms trapped in the MOT. These images contain information that is key for performing measurements of number and temperature of the atoms. Work on the project was unavoidably interrupted and preliminary results and suggestions for future efforts will be presented.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/COTS/94