Trapping of neutral atoms with resonant microwave radiation

C.C. Agosta, I.F. Silvera, H.T.C. Stoof, B.J. Verhaar

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    We duscuss a resonant microwave trap for neutral atoms. Because of the long spontaneous radiation time this trap is remarkably different from the optical trap. It also has advantages over static magnetic traps that trap the excited spin state of the lowest electronic level, in that atoms predominantly in the spin ground state can be trapped. We analyze the relaxation-ejection lifetime of atoms in such a trap using the formalism of dressed atomic states. Results are appliedi to atomic hydrogen and the possibility of Bose-Einstein condensation is considered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2361-2364
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number20
    Publication statusPublished - 1989


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