The students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the wide array of equipment and techniques that are used in the construction of a MOT.
|- Aligning laser light into a optical fiber|
|- Aligning an external cavity diode laser|
|- Performing high resolution atomic spectroscopy|
|- Using photodetectors|
|- Building electronic PID control circuits|
|- Understanding high vacuum systems|
During the summer of 1999, our three
high school students (Judy, Mengesha, and Jonathan) participating in
the NASA Summer High
School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) helped build the MOT
by (among other activities): building the photodetector circuits, assembling
the vacuum chamber, making the electromagnetic coils, and aligning the
entire optical system. Click here to
see a PowerPoint presentation of their work as well as graphs of data they
Our 1999 REU student, Natalya Morrow, an undergraduate at Eastern Michigan University, built both external cavity diode lasers (ECDL) used in the MOT.
In the summer of 2000, NASA Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program participants Anthuannete and Emmiluze helped to align and put on line external cavity laser diodes for the future use in the lab, and measured the number of atoms in our main MOT using the photodetector circuit they built.
Here are some photographs of the Education MOT
In the summer of 2001, Niviann Blondet and Vilas Rao from the NASA-SHARP
program constructed a circuit that measured the amplified fluorescent light
from a MOT. Click here for the