Title

Characterization of a laser-cooled atomic beam

Presenter Information

Katrina Compton

Department

Physics

Major

Physics

Research Advisor

Fischer, Daniel

Advisor's Department

Physics

Funding Source

FYRE Project

Abstract

In Dr. Fisher’s lab, lithium ions are cooled near to absolute zero using laser radiation so that they may be manipulated and observed interacting with external fields. The atomic beam that is used to load a magneto-optical trap is currently the largest limiting factor in the efficiency of the overall experiment. In this research project, a measuring scheme is developed so that the atom flux, mean-velocity and temperature of the atomic beam can be accurately determined. Once these values and their dependence on the experimental parameters are fully analyzed, methods for optimization of the atom source performance can be developed and implemented.

Biography

Katrina Compton is completing her first year at Missouri University of Science and Technology after transferring from Ozarks Technical Community College. Currently a sophomore working towards her undergraduate degree in Physics, this is her first research opportunity and she is looking forward to working on more projects in the future.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium

Presentation Date

17 Apr 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Characterization of a laser-cooled atomic beam

Upper Atrium

In Dr. Fisher’s lab, lithium ions are cooled near to absolute zero using laser radiation so that they may be manipulated and observed interacting with external fields. The atomic beam that is used to load a magneto-optical trap is currently the largest limiting factor in the efficiency of the overall experiment. In this research project, a measuring scheme is developed so that the atom flux, mean-velocity and temperature of the atomic beam can be accurately determined. Once these values and their dependence on the experimental parameters are fully analyzed, methods for optimization of the atom source performance can be developed and implemented.