Efficient loading and cooling in a dynamic optical evanescent-wave microtrap

P. Domokos, H. Ritsch

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We calculate the loading efficiency and cooling rates in a bichromatic optical microtrap, where the optical potentials are generated by evanescent waves of cavity fields at a dielectric-vacuum interface. The cavity modified nonconservative dynamic light forces lead to efficient loading of the atoms as well as cooling without the need for spontaneous emission. Steadv-state temperatures well below the trap depth, reaching the motional quantum regime, yield very long capturing times for a neutral atom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-312
Number of pages7
JournalEurophysics Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2001

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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