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Title: Investigation of different magnetic field configurations using an electrical, modular Zeeman slower

We present a method of constructing an automatically reconfigurable, modular, electronic Zeeman slower, which is remotely controlled. This setup is used to investigate the ability of different magnetic field profiles to slow thermal atoms to the capture velocity of a magneto-optical-trap. We show that a simple numerical optimization process yields better results than the commonly used approach for deciding on the appropriate field and comes close to the optimum field, found by utilizing a fast feedback loop which uses a genetic algorithm. Our new numerical method is easily adaptable to a variety of existing slower designs and may be beneficial where feedback is unavailable.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904 (Israel)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22482551
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 86; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES; ALGORITHMS; ATOMS; CAPTURE; DESIGN; FEEDBACK; MAGNETIC FIELD CONFIGURATIONS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; OPTIMIZATION; ZEEMAN EFFECT