Atom manipulation

To create a source of metastable helium atoms for atom optics experiments we have developed a bright beam facility for metastable atoms.

We use this facility for two types of experiments;

  • Atomic beam experiments:  3 x 1010 atoms / second in a 2 mm2 area, <100 m/s, < 10 mrad divergence;
  • Atom trap experiments:  3 x 109 atoms in an 8 mm diameter cloud, with temperature 0.3 – 1.0 mK (corresponding to velocities ~ 1 m/s).

In addition, we have developed a more compact beam line to create a Bose-Einstein condensate of metastable helium atoms in a separate lab which is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum-Atom Optics.

Main pursuits


Baldwin, Kenneth profile
Deputy Director (Research)
Truscott, Andrew profile
Senior Fellow
Dall, Robert profile
Research Fellow

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