29 May 2004 ICFO operates the first MOT in Spain

Picture of a cloud of cold Rb atoms at the ICFO (false-color image), a few ms after it was released from the trap.

The researchers in the atom lab have completed the set-up of the magneto-optical trap (MOT) for rubidium. The newspaper El Pais featured the \"Coldest place in Spain\". This is the first MOT in Spain. It makes the ICFO lab the coldest place in Spain. Herbert Crepaz was the central person in setting up the experiment. Now we work towards trapping of single atoms and of small clouds in an optical dipole trap.
The newspaper El Pais published a full-page article about these research efforts, which are unique in Spain.