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18th Day of Christmas: Atom Source

This Advent during the 24 days leading up to Christmas I thought it would be fun to have a quick introduction of scientific apparatus, in particular tools used in atomic physics research. This is a way to say thanks to their hard work for our research, and a look at how many things are really needed to make a laboratory work!

Atom Source

There’s no atomic physics without atoms, and the sources used in the experiments are crucial parts too. As mentioned in the case of the vapor cells, alkali metals¬†and alkali earth metals used for many experiments have the good gaseous properties: they are solid on room temperature, have relatively low melting temperature, and have high vapor pressure (a little bit of source can make a lot of gas). Common atom sources exploit these properties.

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