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A self-locked magneto-optic trap

Fletcher, C; Lye, J; Robins, Nicholas; Close, John


We present a novel technique to lock the frequency of the trapping laser of a magneto-optic trap (MOT) using a signal generated from the ultracold atoms in the MOT itself. This technique utilizes the large number of very cold, slow-moving atoms in the MOT to generate a signal free of Doppler-broadening. A system analogous to Pound-Drever-Hall locking allows an error signal to be generated on resonance without significantly perturbing the MOT. We have successfully stabilized the frequency of the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Optics Communications
DOI: 10.1016/S0030-4018(02)01952-1


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