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Investigation of atomic motion in optical lattices via intensity correlation measurement

by Agyare, Benjamin Adu.

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INVESTIGATION OF ATOMIC MOTION IN OPTICAL LATTICES VIA INTENSITY CORRELATION MEASUREMENT By Benjamin Adu Agyare We present a progress report on an experiment intended to study the motion of atoms in a rubidium 3D optical lattice with emphasis on spatial diffusion using intensity correlation measurement in the time domain. Cross correlations between opposite circular polarizations of the scattered light will indicate a change of potential site due to atomic transport between neighboring potential wells. Preparatory work done so far include building the Magneto-optical trap (MOT) and getting the vacuum system ready, systematically setting up the MOT and lattice lasers and providing the theory to describe spatial diffusion.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:atom cooling and trapping optical lattices spatial diffusion magneto trap vacuum chamber intensity correlation lattice dynamics magnetooptics atoms trapped ions

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