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As part of a trip to visit some suppliers in India, Torr’s supply chain manager – Mr John Edwards – visited the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in Assam. John met with Prof. Kanhaiya Pandey and his team of postgraduates in their laboratory at the institute. Prof. Pandey is exploring the methods and techniques to cool and trap neutral atoms, they are currently working with ytterbium and rubidium. The experiments involve trapping atoms in a magneto optical trap (MOT) at very low temperatures using multiple lasers. Torr Scientific has supplied the team with custom anti-reflective coated viewports ‘tuned’ for maximum transmission at these laser wavelengths.
The experimental setup in the picture below is the vacuum system for the ytterbium experiment.