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Authors and contributors: Aaron Butler, Matt Eckelman, Micaela Mendlow, Erica Newman, Ted Reber, Mike Reed, Ben Samelson-Jones, Scott Owen, Nathan Stokes, Mark Wheeler and David S. Hall
[Historical report created from GSU BEC Homepage:]
"On September 1, 2002, our group succeeded in creating a Bose-Einstein condensate in the |F = 2, MF = 2> state of 87Rb. We are using a TOP trap and double MOT system, collecting 4 x 108 atoms in about a minute and subsequently producing BECs with 1-2 x 105 atoms and no noticeable thermal component. We use a combination of "hole of death" and rf evaporation to cross the BEC threshold. To our knowledge, this is the first BEC at an exclusively undergraduate institution.
Figure above: Amherst apparatus and condensate, circa September 2002.
Our group contributors are (numbers indicate graduation year):
- Aaron Butler '02
- Matt Eckelman '01E
- Micaela Mendlow '04E
- Erica Newman (postbac)
- Ted Reber '03
- Mike Reed '04
- Ben Samelson-Jones '01
- Scott Owen '02
- Nathan Stokes '00
- Mark Wheeler '04
- David S. Hall (PI)
We have also received funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Research Corporation, and the National Science Foundation.
Posted: 11 Aug 2005 Date: 01 Sep 2002