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Design and construction of a multistage Zeeman decelerator for crossed molecular beams scattering experiments.

Theo Cremers, Niek Janssen, Edwin Sweers, Sebastian Y. T. Van De Meerakker

Zeeman deceleration is a relatively new technique used to obtain full control over the velocity of paramagnetic atoms or molecules in a molecular beam. We present a detailed description of a multistage Zeeman decelerator that has recently become operational in our laboratory [Cremers \emph{et al.}, Phys. Rev. A 98, 033406 (2018)], and that is specifically optimized for crossed molecular beams scattering experiments. The decelerator consists of an alternating array of 100 solenoids and 100 permanent hexapoles to guide or decelerate beams of paramagnetic atoms or molecules. The Zeeman decelerator features a modular design that is mechanically easy to extend to arbitrary length, and allows for solenoid and hexapole elements that are convenient to replace. The solenoids and associated electronics are efficiently water cooled and allow the Zeeman decelerator to operate at repetition rates exceeding 10 Hz. We characterize the performance of the decelerator using various beams of metastable rare gas atoms. Imaging of the atoms that exit the Zeeman decelerator reveals the transverse focusing properties of the hexapole array in the Zeeman decelerator.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1901.02643

DOI: arXiv:1901.02643v1

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