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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 2 — Jan. 27, 2003
  • pp: 158–166

Applications of spatial light modulators in atom optics

D. McGloin, G.C. Spalding, H. Melville, W. Sibbett, and K. Dholakia  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 2, pp. 158-166 (2003)

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We discuss the application of spatial light modulators (SLMs) to the field of atom optics. We show that SLMs may be used to generate a wide variety of optical potentials that are useful for the guiding and dipole trapping of atoms. This functionality is demonstrated by the production of a number of different light potentials using a single SLM device. These include Mach-Zender interferometer patterns and the generation of a bottle-beam. We also discuss the current limitations in SLM technology with regard to the generation of both static and dynamically deformed potentials and their use in atom optics.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: December 12, 2002
Revised Manuscript: January 20, 2003
Published: January 27, 2003

David McGloin, G. Spalding, H. Melville, W. Sibbett, and K. Dholakia, "Applications of spatial light modulators in atom optics," Opt. Express 11, 158-166 (2003)

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