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Homework Help: Electric dipole moment

  1. Mar 15, 2010 #1
    Firstly, I apologise if this is in the wrong place as it's not a homework question as such, but it is part of coursework.

    I am modelling the trapping and cooling of an atom with a laser, and have an equation for the dipole moment which I think may be off. I am getting strange results (slowing down atoms from 100m/s to 0 in 10^30 seconds), and I'm fairly sure the rest of the data input is correct

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    I have for my equation:
    {mu}=((3*{Pi}*{hbar}*{epsilon0}*c^3)/{omega0}^3)^1/2

    If this is the right equation, can someone explain to me what omega0 represents and roughly to what power it should be for a magnesium atom.
     
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