Modeling the evaporative cooling of fermionic atoms in an optical trap


Conference Paper

© 2001 Optical Soc. Of America. Summary form only given. Evaporative cooling of atoms in an optical trap has recently received renewed attention as a means for obtaining degeneracy in an optically trapped bosonic Cs vapor as well as a fermionic Li gas. We have developed a new model describing the evaporative cooling process for atoms confined in a time-dependent optical potential formed by a single focused Gaussian laser beam. We find that a substantial increase in the phase-space density can be obtained by adiabatically reducing the trap laser power and thereby the trap well depth as a function of time. Since we are specifically interested in the evaporative cooling of fermionic 6Li atoms, we have included the effect of Fermi statistics in the model. Although the collision rate is suppressed as the temperature T is reduced below the Fermi temperature TF, we find that values of T/TF蠐1 can be achieved for suitable initial conditions.

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Cited Authors

  • O'Hara, KM; Granade, SR; Gehm, ME; Chang, MS; Thomas, JE

Published Date

  • January 1, 2001

Published In

  • Technical Digest Summaries of Papers Presented at the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, Qels 2001

Start / End Page

  • 253 -

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 155752663X

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781557526632

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/QELS.2001.962209

Citation Source

  • Scopus