Magnetic-film atom chip setup with 10 µm period lattices of magnetic microtraps for quantum information science with Rydberg atoms

Y.F.V. Leung, D.R.M. Pijn, H. Schlatter, L. Torallo-Campo, A. La Rooij, G.B. Mulder, J. Naber, M.L. Soudijn, A. Tauschinsky, C. Abarbanel, B. Hadad, E. Golan, R. Folman, R.J.C. Spreeuw

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We describe the fabrication and construction of a setup for creating lattices of magnetic microtraps for ultracold atoms on an atom chip. The lattice is defined by lithographic patterning of a permanent magnetic film. Patterned magnetic-film atom chips enable a large variety of trapping geometries over a wide range of length scales. We demonstrate an atom chip with a lattice constant of 10 μm, suitable for experiments in quantum information science employing the interaction between atoms in highly excited Rydberg energy levels. The active trapping region contains lattice regions with square and hexagonal symmetry, with the two regions joined at an interface. A structure of macroscopic wires, cutout of a silver foil, was mounted under the atom chip in order to load ultracold 87Rb atoms into the microtraps. We demonstrate loading of atoms into the square and hexagonal lattice sections simultaneously and show resolved imaging of individual lattice sites. Magnetic-film lattices on atom chips provide a versatile platform for experiments with ultracold atoms, in particular for quantum information science and quantum simulation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number053102
Pages (from-to)05312-1-053102-7
Number of pages8
JournalReview of scientific instruments
Issue number053102
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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  • IR-90105

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