BEC at UVABack to News
Authors and contributors: J Reeves, O Garcia, B Deissler, K Baranowski, J Hughes, C Sackett
I'm happy to say we now have a BEC at UVA! We saw the transition with about 10000 87Rb atoms at around 60 nK temperature. The atoms were in the F=2, m=2 state and trapped in a TOP trap. The apparatus uses a single vapor-loaded MOT and a translatting-coil quadrupole trap that carries the atoms into the UHV region. (The number of atoms is a bit low, we think because the transfer from the quadrupole trap to the TOP trap is inefficient.) The BEC was formed inside a waveguide designed for condensate interferometry. We'll be pursuing interferometry immediately, and hope to have some good results soon!
Posted: 28 Sep 2005 Date: 04 May 2005