The temperature of optical molasses for two different atomic angular momenta

C. Gerz, T. W. Hodapp, P. Jessen, K. M. Jones, W. D. Phillips, C. I. Westbrook, K. Molmer

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Abstract

We have measured the temperature of laser-cooled Rb atoms in optical molasses as a function of laser intensity and detuning. For both85Rb and87Rb, cooled on the F = 3 F' = 4and F = 2 F’ = 3 transitions, respectively, the temperatures are proportional to the ratio oflaser power and detuning for a wide range of these parameters. We observe a small butsignificant difference between the two isotopes. We also show the results of three-dimensionalsemi-classical numerical calculations. Our results favor a model which includes atomic localizationin optical standing waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)661-666
Number of pages6
JournalEPL
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 20 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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