Cold atoms from trampoline to bungee jump

02/08/00


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Cold atoms from trampoline to bungee jump

Atoms, light, optics

Optical forest

Source of cold atoms: magneto-optical trap (MOT)

Observing cold atoms

A gas that falls like a brick

Evanescent-wave atom mirror

Atomic “trampoline”

Nonspecular bounce…? (!)

Inelastic bouncing

Inelastic ... elastic

Inelastic bounce in progress

Anatomy of an inelastic bounce

Agenda

Loading a surface trap, or how to make a “fatal” bungee jump

Atom opticians at WZI

Author: Robert Spreeuw

Email: spreeuw@phys.uva.nl

Home Page: http://www.science.uva.nl/research/aplp/