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Development of an Ultra-Cold Atom Atomic Clock

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Author: Gvakharia, Alexander
Advisor: Aubin, Seth
Committee Members: Krakauer, Henry; Kemper, Peter
Issued Date: 7/17/2012
Subjects: Physics
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/16760
Description: This thesis presents work on the development of an atomic clock using bosonic potassium (39K and 87Rb) in order to study the role of inter-atom interactions on an atomic time standard. The project designed and constructed an RF circuit and RF antenna to manipulate the internal hyper fine states of the ultra-cold atoms. We developed an optical trap to trap these atoms in a vacuum cell, and performed several tests to check their behavior and measure their temperature. We performed experiments to observe Rabi flopping between the hyper ne states of the atoms. The eventual goal of this project is to create an operational atomic clock and observe the effects of inter-atom interactions.
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Physics

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