Loading a vapor-cell magneto-optic trap using light-induced atom desorption

Brian P Anderson, M. A. Kasevich

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Low-intensity white light was used to increase the loading rate of 87Rb atoms into a vapor-cell magnetooptic trap by inducing nonthermal desorption of Rb atoms from the stainless-steel walls of the vapor cell. An increased Rb partial pressure reached a new equilibrium value in fewer than 10 s after switching on the broadband light source. After the source was turned off, the partial pressure returned to its previous value in 1/e times as short as 10 s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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