Trapping atoms on a transparent permanent-magnet atom chip

Andriy Shevchenko, Miika Heiliö, Thomas Lindvall, Antti Jaakkola, Ilkka Tittonen, Matti Kaivola, Tilman Pfau

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We describe experiments on the trapping of atoms in microscopic magneto-optical traps on an optically transparent permanent-magnet atom chip. The chip is made of magnetically hard ferrite-garnet material deposited on a dielectric substrate. The confining magnetic fields are produced by miniature magnetized patterns recorded in the film by magneto-optical techniques. We trap Rb atoms on these structures by applying three crossed pairs of counterpropagating laser beams in the conventional magneto-optical trapping geometry. We demonstrate the flexibility of the concept in creation and in situ modification of the trapping geometries through several experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Article number051401
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2006
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Atom chip
  • permanent magnets
  • surface traps


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