Abstract

We report the use of frequency-chirped diode lasers to decelerate a thermal atomic beam of Rb and, in a separate experiment, the use of frequency-stabilized diode lasers to collimate the beam with optical molasses. For this we used a 100-mW cw laser-diode array injection locked to light from a low-power, frequency-narrowed, single-stripe diode laser. Also, a novel scheme for imaging the neutral-atom beam profile has been developed for monitoring the collimation experiments in two dimensions. We have increased both beam brightness and intensity by a factor of more than 20.

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Corrections

B. Sheehy, S-Q. Shang, R. Watts, S. Hatamian, and H. Metcalf, "Diode-laser deceleration and collimation of a rubidium beam: erratum," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 7, 393-393 (1990)
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