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Photoionization of optically trapped ultracold atoms with a high-power light-emitting diode
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FIG. 1.

Spectrum of the LED. The red dotted line indicates the ionization threshold of Rb atoms in the first excited 5P 3/2 state. Inset: Level scheme of 85Rb.

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FIG. 2.

Circuit diagram of the pulsed LED. For explanation see text.

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FIG. 3.

Schematics of the experimental setup. Rb atoms are trapped in a magneto-optical trap in the center of a recoil-ion momentum spectrometer and ionized by the light emitted from the LED, which is imaged onto the atom cloud. The aspherical imaging lens has a focal length f = 40 mm. The ions are accelerated towards the MCP detector by the voltage U E and focused in time by the voltage U F before entering the field free drift region with the voltage U D = 0.

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FIG. 4.

Loading curve of MOT with and without the LED. The data points correspond to the fluorescence signal converted into a total number of trapped atoms. The yellow solid lines are a fit of Eq. (1) . The intensity of the LED are I LED = 190 W/m2 and I LED = 370 W/m2, measured at the position of the atom cloud.

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FIG. 5.

Measurement of temporal intensity distributions of the LED in pulsed mode. The LED is pulsed for 30 ns (blue solid curve) or 100 ns (red dashed curve). After a time of flight of 315 μs the ions are detected and have a time spread of 190 ns (blue open circles) and 300 ns (red solid circles) (FWHM), respectively.


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Scitation: Photoionization of optically trapped ultracold atoms with a high-power light-emitting diode