Modeled potential of a dipole trap

Starting in the fall of 2007 I started working on various aspects of a Bose-Einstein condensation experiment at Pomona. My work involved general assembly of the experiment, and development of a system to improve optical dipole trapping for the evaporative cooling stage in BEC production. This development was part of my senior thesis at Pomona. For more information, please see my thesis.

Publications:

  • Improving atom trapping and evaporative cooling in a Bose-Einstein condensation experiment through laser power stabilization. Alex Zylstra, Bachelor's Thesis (2009). [PDF]