Trapping cold atoms using surface-grown carbon nanotubes

P. G. Petrov, S. MacHluf, S. Younis, R. MacAluso, T. David, B. Hadad, Y. Japha, M. Keil, E. Joselevich, R. Folman

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We present a feasibility study for loading cold atomic clouds into magnetic traps created by single-wall carbon nanotubes grown directly onto dielectric surfaces. We show that atoms may be captured for experimentally sustainable nanotube currents, generating trapped clouds whose densities and lifetimes are sufficient to enable detection by simple imaging methods. This opens the way for a different type of conductor to be used in atomchips, enabling atom trapping at submicron distances, with implications for both fundamental studies and for technological applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043403
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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