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Opt Express. 2009 Dec 7;17(25):23003-9. doi: 10.1364/OE.17.023003.

Magneto-optical trapping and background-free imaging for atoms near nanostructured surfaces.

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School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom.


We demonstrate a combined magneto-optical trap and imaging system that is suitable for the investigation of cold atoms near surfaces. In particular, we are able to trap atoms close to optically scattering surfaces and to image them with an excellent signal-to-noise ratio. We also demonstrate a simple magneto-optical atom cloud launching method. We anticipate that this system will be useful for a range of experimental studies of novel atom-surface interactions and atom trap miniaturization. .

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