The picture on the right shows the main components of the experiment: The cryostat contains the superconducting magnetic coils, which produce the high magnetic fields for the experiment. These coils need to be bathed in liquid Helium in order to remain superconducting. The liquid helium is in turn shielded from ambient temperature with another jacket, which is filled with liquid nitrogen. There is also a central region, at the center of the high magnetic field region, which is pumped down to Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) pressures in order to conduct the atom trapping experiments.

The primary MOT, and the front of the picture, is the initial atom trap. It is from this location that the high magnetic field trap atom trap is loaded, by sending a 'flux' of colds atoms towards the high-field region.

There is also a laser table (not shown) dedicated to tuning the frequencies and polarizations of the necessary laser beams. The laser light is then sent to the experiment through optical fibers.

Follow the 'NEXT' links at the bottom of each page for a guided tour through the experimental setup.


High-B trap paper