New MOT / diploma thesis finished
We recently finished the construction of a new magneto-optical trap (MOT). With loading rates of 3·10^8 and higher, it will serve as a fast and efficient precooling stage for future experiments. The background collision limited lifetime of atoms in the trap is approximately 23 minutes.
More details on the apparatus can be found in Martin Ries' diploma thesis, which was handed in recently.
It is now available online: diplomarbeit_martin.pdf.