A hexapole magnetic guide for neutral atomic beams
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In this paper we present a multiple element magnetic device to guide atoms using a spatially inhomogeneous magnetic field formed by a series of permanent hexapole magnets. The operation of the device is demonstrated using an enhanced beam of neon atoms in the 3P2 metastable state. These atoms are guided around a bend of 30ࠦrom their original path. A flux of 4.35ױ0^9Თ10^7 atoms s-1 was measured after the device yielding a transmission efficiency of approximately 9% of the input flux. Simulations of the center of mass motion of the atoms through the magnetic guide have been performed giving reasonable agreement with the experimental results
Reviews of Scientific Instruments
Copyright 2009 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in 80(7) 1-5 and may be found at http://rsi.aip.org/resource/1/rsinak/v80/i7/p073105_s1.
Atomic and Molecular Physics