New approaches in designing a Zeeman Slower

B. Ohayon*, G. Ron

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We present two new approaches for the design of a Zeeman Slower, which rely on optimal compliance with the adiabatic following condition and are applicable to a wide variety of systems. The first approach is an analytical one, based on the assumption that the noise in the system is position independent. When compared with the traditional approach, which requires constant deceleration, for a typical system, we show an improvement of ∼ 10% in the maximal capture velocity, allowing for a larger slower acceptance, or a reduction of ∼ 25% in slower length, allowing for a simpler design and a better collimated beam. The second approach relies on an optimization of a system in which the magnetic field and the noise profile are well known. As an example, we use our 12-coil modular design and show an improvement of ∼ 9% in maximal capture velocity or, alternatively, a reduction of ∼ 33% in slower length as compared with the traditional approach.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberP02016
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Laser cooling
  • Lasers


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