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Magnetic trapping of Yb in the metastable P-3(2) state

Pandey, Kanhaiya and Rathod, KD and Pal, Sambit Bikas and Natarajan, Vasant (2010) Magnetic trapping of Yb in the metastable P-3(2) state. In: Physical Review A, 81 (3).

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We report magnetic trapping of Yb in the excited P-3(2) state. This state, with a lifetime of 15 s, could play an important role in studies ranging from optical clocks and quantum computation to the search for a permanent electric dipole moment. Yb atoms are first cooled and trapped in the ground state in a 399-nm magneto-optic trap. The cold atoms are then pumped into the excited state by driving the S-1(0) -> P-3(1) -> S-3(1) transition. Atoms in the P-3(2) state are magnetically trapped in a spherical quadrupole field with an axial gradient of 110 G/cm. We trap up to 10(6) atoms with a lifetime of 1.5 s.

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Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2010 07:34
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:59
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/27112

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