Zeeman slowing of thulium atoms. Academic Article uri icon


  • We demonstrate laser slowing of a hot thulium atomic beam using the nearly closed cycling transition 4f(13)6s(2)((2)F(o))(J=7/2)<-->4f(12)((3)H(5))5d(3/2)6s(2)(J=9/2) at 410.6 nm. Atoms are decelerated to velocities around 25 m/s by a 40 cm Zeeman slower. The flux of slowed atoms is evaluated as 10(7) s(-1)cm(-2). The experiment explicitly indicates the possibility of trapping Tm atoms in a magneto-optical trap.

published proceedings

  • Opt Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Chebakov, K., Sokolov, A., Akimov, A., Sukachev, D., Kanorsky, S., Kolachevsky, N., & Sorokin, V.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Chebakov, K||Sokolov, A||Akimov, A||Sukachev, D||Kanorsky, S||Kolachevsky, N||Sorokin, V

publication date

  • October 2009