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Title: PCTFE as a solution to birefringence in atom trap viewports

We have developed and characterized optical viewports with the glass-to-metal seal made by the plastic PCTFE (polychlorotrifluoroethylene). The goal is to reduce stress-induced birefringence while maintaining ultra-high vacuum compatibility. We have maintained a Stokes parameter S{sub 3} of 0.9986, and achieved <5 × 10{sup −11} Torr partial pressure of air. We have also measured the diffusion and permeation of helium through PCTFE and placed upper limits on nitrogen, oxygen, and argon permeation, as PCTFE has been suggested as an o-ring for transport of environmental noble gas samples, though we know of no other noble gas measurements.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [1]
  1. TRIUMF, Canada's National Lab for Particle and Nuclear Physics, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 2A3 (Canada)
  2. (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22392218
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 85; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ARGON; ATOMS; BIREFRINGENCE; GASKETS; HELIUM; PARTIAL PRESSURE; PRESSURE RANGE NANO PA; TRAPS