Measurement and prediction of the speed-dependent throughput of a magnetic octupole velocity filter including nonadiabatic effects

Evgueni Nikitin, Elena Dashevskaya, Janis Alnis, Marcis Auzinsh, E. R.I. Abraham, Brendan R. Furneaux, Mark Keil, Chris McRaven, Neil Shafer-Ray, Richard Waskowsky

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Abstract

A magnetic octupole filter set in a [Formula Presented] curve produces [Formula Presented] cold Rb atoms/s by filtering low-velocity particles from a thermal source. We measure the speed distribution of Rb exiting the filter to be 3.5 K using a Rydberg-atom time-of-flight scheme in which Rb is excited via the process [Formula Presented] We develop a general theory of the transmission and speed distribution of particles emitted from such a source including nonadiabatic effects. A detailed Monte Carlo simulation using the theory accurately reproduces the experimental results. We show that for Cs, Li, and Rb atoms and [Formula Presented] molecules, nonadiabatic effects do not dramatically effect the performance of the filter, and that the output flux temperatures for a wide variety of filter configurations are well fit to a simple functional form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

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