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Quantitative simulation of a magneto-optical trap operating near the photon recoil limit.

Hanley, Ryan K. and Huillery, Paul and Keegan, Niamh C. and Bounds, Alistair D. and Faoro, R. and Jones, Matthew P. A. (2018) 'Quantitative simulation of a magneto-optical trap operating near the photon recoil limit.', Journal of modern optics., 65 (5-6). pp. 667-676.

Abstract

We present a quantitative model for magneto-optical traps operating on narrow transitions, where the transition linewidth and the recoil shift are comparable. We combine a quantum treatment of the light scattering process with a Monte-Carlo simulation of the atomic motion. By comparing our model to an experiment operating on the 5s21S0→5s5p3P15s21S0→5s5p3P1 transition in strontium, we show that it quantitatively reproduces the cloud size, position, temperature and dynamics over a wide range of operating conditions, without any adjustable parameters. We also present an extension of the model that quantitatively reproduces the transfer of atoms into a far off-resonance dipole trap, highlighting its use as a tool for optimizing complex cold atom experiments.

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Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/09500340.2017.1401679
Publisher statement:© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date accepted:18 October 2017
Date deposited:03 November 2017
Date of first online publication:22 November 2017
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