Magneto-optical trap of neutral mercury for an optical lattice clock


We report the cooling and trapping of neutral mercury in a vacuum chamber using the <sup>1</sup>S<sub>0</sub> - <sup>3</sup>P<sub>1</sub> intercombination transition. We produce an atom cloud of a few million atoms with a trap loading time of 1.6 seconds. The atoms are prepared for the interrogation of the forbidden <sup>1</sup>S<sub>0</sub> - <sup>3</sup>P… (More)


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