Anharmonic mixing in a magnetic trap

R. Gommers, B.J. Claessens, C.J. Hawthorn, H.C.W. Beijerinck, E.J.D. Vredenbregt

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We have experimentally observed re-equilibration of a magnetically trapped cloud of metastable neon atoms after it was put in a non-equilibrium state. Using numerical simulations we show that anharmonic mixing, equilibration due to the collisionless dynamics of atoms in a magnetic trap, is the dominant process in this equilibration. We determine the dependence of its time on trap parameters and atom temperature. Furthermore we observe in the simulations a resonant energy exchange between the radial and axial trap dimensions at a ratio of trap frequencies \omega_r / \omega_z = 3/2. This resonance is explained by a simple oscillator model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLos Alamos National Laboratory
Place of PublicationPhysics
Pages1-9, arXiv
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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