We study the hyperfine spectrum of atoms of 87Rb dressed by a radio-frequency field, and present experimental results in three different situations: freely falling atoms, atoms trapped in an optical dipole trap and atoms in an adiabatic radio-frequency dressed shell trap. In all cases, we observe several resonant side bands spaced at intervals equal to the dressing frequency, corresponding to transitions enabled by the dressing field. We theoretically explain the main features of the microwave spectrum, using a semi-classical model in the low field limit and the Rotating Wave Approximation. As a proof of concept, we demonstrate how the spectral signal of a dressed atomic ensemble enables an accurate determination of the dressing configuration and the probing microwave field.
We will organise the next Frontiers of Matterwave Optics conference and summer school!
The school will be held in Archanes close to Heraklion and the conference close to Chania. We have already assembled a very nice list of speakers… more news soon to come.
CONFERENCE: Crete 17.Sept. – 21.Sept. 2018
SUMMER SCHOOL 10.Sept. – 14.Sept. 2018
More info to come soon at http://www.matterwaveoptics.eu
Just for fun… BECs can also smile: This is a BEC loaded from a dipole trap into a TAAP trap and then propagated for some time. The picture is an absorption image with darker standing for a higher number of atoms.
We are also learning to write 😉 … for example the letter H
And our latest addition … the number 9
And of course our smiling BEC
New Journal of Physics 18 075014 (2016)
Abstract: We present two novel matter-wave Sagnac interferometers based on ring-shaped time-averaged adiabatic potentials, where the atoms are put into a superposition of two different spin states and manipulated independently using elliptically polarized rf-fields. In the first interferometer the atoms are accelerated by spin-state-dependent forces and then travel around the ring in a matter-wave guide. In the second one the atoms are fully trapped during the entire interferometric sequence and are moved around the ring in two spin-state-dependent `buckets’.
Corrections to the ideal Sagnac phase are investigated for both cases. We experimentally demonstrate the key atom-optical elements of the interferometer such as the independent manipulation of two different spin states in the ring-shaped potentials under identical experimental conditions.
Proc. SPIE 9900 990007-990007-14 (2016)
We discuss a scheme to implement a gyroscopic atom sensor with magnetically trapped ultra-cold atoms. Unlike standard light or matter wave Sagnac interferometers no free wave propagation is used. Interferometer operation is controlled only with static, radio-frequency and microwave magnetic fields, which removes the need for interferometric stability of optical laser beams. Due to the confinement of atoms, the scheme may allow the construction of small scale portable sensors. We discuss the main elements of the scheme and report on recent results and efforts towards its experimental realization.
One of the possibilities discussed are state dependent TAAPs:
However also chip scale solutions are discussed.
We can now load up to 10^6 atoms in a perfectly flat TAAP ring.
Great news!!! we have our first BEC…