We have now loaded (rubidium-87) atoms into our new atom chip trap in the KRb lab for the first time. The figures below show absorption images of about 50000 rubidium atoms in a trap that is approximately 130 micrometres from the chip surface. Now we have to optimise the loading of the chip trap, and then we’ll move on to creating BEC!

A picture of atoms above surface of atom chip

Picture of Vacuum Chamber with Atom Chip

Posted: March 20th, 2009, | Comments: none