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Phys Rev Lett. 2008 Mar 7;100(9):093003. Epub 2008 Mar 6.

Stopping supersonic beams with a series of pulsed electromagnetic coils: an atomic coilgun.

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Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Department of Physics, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1081, USA.


We report the stopping of an atomic beam, using a series of pulsed electromagnetic coils. We use a supersonic beam of metastable neon created in a gas discharge as a monochromatic source of paramagnetic atoms. A series of coils is fired in a timed sequence to bring the atoms to near rest, where they are detected on a microchannel plate. Applications to fundamental problems in physics and chemistry are discussed.

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