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Atom mirror etched from a hard drive

Lev, Benjamin and Lassailly, Yves and Lee, Chungsok and Scherer, Axel and Mabuchi, Hideo (2003) Atom mirror etched from a hard drive. Applied Physics Letters, 83 (2). pp. 395-397. ISSN 0003-6951.

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We describe the fabrication of an atom mirror by etching of a common hard drive, and we report the observation of specular retroreflection of 11 muK cesium atoms using this mirror. The atoms were trapped and cooled above the hard drive using the mirror magneto-optical trap technique, and upon release, two full bounces were detected. The hard drive atom mirror will be a useful tool for both atom optics and quantum computation.

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Additional Information:Copyright © 2003 American Institute of Physics. Received 1 April 2003; accepted 16 May 2003. The authors thank the Roukes group and Marko Loncar. This work was supported by the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program under Grant No. DAAD19-00-1-0374.
Subject Keywords:atom optics; caesium; disc drives; hard discs; quantum computing; laser cooling; magnetic mirrors; sputter etching
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:08 May 2006
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