Coherent Atomic Manipulation and Cooling

Interferometric Laser Cooling and Composite Pulses for Atom Interferometry

  • Alexander J. Dunning

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

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About this book


This work unites the concepts of laser cooling and matter-wave interferometry to develop an interferometric laser cooling technique in an experimental system of cold rubidium atoms. Serving as an introduction to graduate level coherent optical atomic manipulation, the thesis describes the theory of stimulated Raman transitions and atom interferometry, along with the experimental methods for preparing and manipulating cold atoms, before building on these foundations to explore tailored optical pulse sequences and novel atomic cooling techniques.
Interferometric cooling, originally proposed by Weitz and Hänsch in 2000, is based upon the coherent broadband laser pulses of Ramsey interferometry and in principle allows laser cooling of atomic and molecular species outside the scope of traditional Doppler laser cooling. On the path toward cooling, composite pulses – quantum error correction methods, developed by chemists to mitigate the effects of in homogeneities in NMR spectroscopy – are investigated with a view to improving the performance of atom interferometers.


Atom interferometry Bloch sphere Coherent atomic manipulation Composite pulses Interferometric cooling Laser atom cooling Magneto-optical trapping Matter-wave interferometry Ramsey spectroscopy Stimulated Raman transitions

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexander J. Dunning
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  1. 1.Dept of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21737-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21738-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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