A Zeeman slower for the optimized production of laser-cooled Li and Rb gases

Speaker: 
William Bowden
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2014-09-25 14:00 - 15:00
Location: 
Henn 318
Local Contact: 
Kirk Madison
Intended Audience: 
Graduate

Ultracold hetero-nuclear molecules, in particular those which possess a large intrinsic dipole moment giving rise to long range anisotropic interactions, offer scientists a novel platform to study few and many body physics with applications to quantum simulations and precision measurements.  LiRb is a promising candidate for such studies as it has a predicted dipole moment of 4 debye. A prerequisite for the formation of ultra-cold ensembles of such molecules are cold reservoirs of their respective atomic constituents produced by a magneto-optical trapping. This talk will focus on the design, construction, and characterization of an experimental apparatus capable of producing a dual species MOT of Lithium and Rubidium. In particular, the addition of a Zeeman slower to increase MOT loading rates leading to larger samples and increased experimental throughput will be highlighted.

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