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An apparatus for the production of molecular Bose-Einstein condensates

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Lompe,  Thomas
Division Prof. Dr. Joachim H. Ullrich, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Lompe, T. (2008). An apparatus for the production of molecular Bose-Einstein condensates. Diploma Thesis, Ruprecht-Karls Universität, Heidelberg.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-7B00-1
Abstract
This thesis reports on the construction of an apparatus capable of producing a molecular Bose-Einstein-Condensate (BEC) of 6Li2. To create a condensate fermionic lithium is first evaporated in an oven, slowed by a Zeeman slower and captured in a magneto-optical-trap (MOT). A scheme for creating time-averaged arbitrary optical potentials for optimized transfer of the atoms from the MOT to a high-power, far detuned optical dipole trap was implemented, as well as magnetic field coils to tune the interactions of the atoms via Feshbach resonances. The first experiments with the new machine include the characterization of the optical dipole trap and evaporative cooling of 6Li.