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Cooling Atoms with a Frequency Chirped Laser

  • William D. Phillips
  • John V. Prodanf
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Abstract

The thermal motion of atoms often limits the resolution of spectroscopy. Even with the various non-linear, Doppler-free spectroscopies, resolution can still be limited by 2nd order Doppler effect and transit time broadening. In 1975 it was suggested that radiation pressure from a near resonant laser could be used to reduce the thermal motion of atoms [1]. This technique was first used to cool trapped ions in 1978 [2].

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Authors and Affiliations

  • William D. Phillips
    • 1
  • John V. Prodanf
    • 1
  1. 1.National Bureau of StandardsUSA

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