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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 20 — Oct. 2, 2006
  • pp: 8947–8957

Axicon lens for coherent matter waves

S. R. Muniz, S. D. Jenkins, T. A. B. Kennedy, D. S. Naik, and C. Raman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 20, pp. 8947-8957 (2006)

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We have realized a conical matter wave lens. The repulsive potential of a focused laser beam was used to launch a Bose-Einstein condensate into a radially expanding wavepacket whose perfect ring shape was ensured by energy conservation. In spite of significant interactions between atoms, the spatial and velocity widths of the ring along its radial dimension remained extremely narrow, as also confirmed by numerical simulations. Our results open the possibility for cylindrical atom optics without the perturbing effect of mean-field interactions.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(140.3320) Lasers and laser optics : Laser cooling

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: June 22, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 30, 2006
Published: October 2, 2006

S. R. Muniz, S. D. Jenkins, T. A. B. Kennedy, D. S. Naik, and C. Raman, "Axicon lens for coherent matter waves," Opt. Express 14, 8947-8957 (2006)

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