Versatile transporter apparatus for experiments with optically trapped Bose-Einstein condensates

Daniel Pertot, Daniel Greif, Stephan Albert, Bryce Gadway, Dominik Schneble

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We describe a versatile and simple scheme for producing magnetically and optically trapped 87Rb Bose-Einstein condensates, based on a moving-coil transporter apparatus. The apparatus features a TOP trap that incorporates the movable quadrupole coils used for magneto-optical trapping and long-distance magnetic transport of atomic clouds. As a stand-alone device, this trap allows for the stable production of condensates containing up to one million atoms. In combination with an optical dipole trap, the TOP trap acts as a funnel for efficient loading, after which the quadrupole coils can be retracted, thereby maximizing optical access. The robustness of this scheme is illustrated by realizing the superfluid-to-Mott insulator transition in a three-dimensional optical lattice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number215305
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number21
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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