Magnetic trapping of Rydberg atoms

D. Niestadt, J. Naber, S.J.J.M.F. Kokkelmans, R.J.C. Spreeuw

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


Magnetic trapping is a well-established technique for ground state atoms. We seek to extend this concept to Rydberg atoms. Rydberg atoms are important for current visions of quantum simulators that will be used in the near future to simulate and analyse quantum problems. Current efforts in Amsterdam rely on
Rydberg atoms to be excited from a BEC in magnetic microtraps and to stay trapped after excitation. Rydberg atoms are atoms excited to high
electronic states, with a spatial size comparable to the size of magnetic microtraps. The question is then whether Rydberg atoms
are trappable in magnetic traps so tight that the magnetic field varies appreciably on length scales comparable to the atomic rms
radius. Our research indicates that some Rydberg atoms will indeed remain trapped and shows how the magnetic trapping potential is affected by the finite size of Rydberg atoms.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2016
Event40th Annual Meeting of the section Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics - Conference Center De Werelt , Lunteren, Netherlands
Duration: 11 Oct 201612 Oct 2016
Conference number: 40


Conference40th Annual Meeting of the section Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics


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