"Laser cooling"

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

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 …

Two-ion Coulomb crystals of Ca+ in a Penning trap

Results demonstrating laser cooling and observation of individual calcium ions in a Penning trap are presented. We show that we are able to trap, cool, image and manipulate the shape of very small ensembles of ions sufficiently well to produce …