We aim to widen the range of quantum simulations with cold atoms investigating phenomena arising from the long-ranged dipolar interaction in reduced dimensionalities. We are designing and assembling a new apparatus for the production and manipulation of quantum gases of highly magnetic Dysprosium atoms. This is a joint project of LENS and INO-CNR.

We realize a magneto-optical trap for 162Dy atoms on the intermediate linewidth transition at 626 nm. We trap over 2✕108 atoms at temperatures as low as 20 μK in 5 seconds. We observe the best loading at large detuning, -35Γ. Under these operating conditions, MOT forms below the quadrupole centre and the MOT light acts as optical pumping as well.

E. Lucioni et al.
A new setup for experiments with ultracold Dysprosium atoms
Accepted for publication on EPJ

We finished assembling the vacuum setup. In the final cell, we included a passive high finesse optical resonator to transfer a large volume of atoms from the MOT to an optical trap that requires low power.

Light at 421nm will be employed for transverse cooling and for the Zeeman slower. Up to 1.2W of blue light is produced in a homemade frequency doubling cavity and is locked to the atomic line using saturated absorption spectroscopy in a hollow cathode lamp.

Light at 626nm will be employed for the magneto-optical trap (MOT). The red light is obtained from a commercial laser system and is locked to the atomic line using saturated absorption spectroscopy in a iodine cell.

After testing the first cooling stages the experiment has been moved from LENS to the CNR research area in Pisa.

Dy People

Alessandro Fregosi
Master student
Jacopo Catani
Scientific staff
Massimo Inguscio
Scientific staff
Giovanni Modugno
Scientific staff
Andrea Fioretti
Scientific staff
Carlo Gabbanini
Scientific staff
Silvia Gozzini
Scientific staff
Eleonora Lucioni
Scientific staff

Dy contacts

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Eleonora Lucioni