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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 8 — Apr. 14, 2008
  • pp: 5465–5470

Real-time control of the periodicity of a standing wave: an optical accordion

T. C. Li, H. Kelkar, D. Medellin , and M. G. Raizen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 8, pp. 5465-5470 (2008)

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We report an experimental method to create optical lattices with real-time control of their periodicity. We demonstrate a continuous change of the lattice periodicity from 0.96 µm to 11.2 µm in one second, while the center fringe only moves less than 2.7 µm during the whole process. This provides a powerful tool for controlling ultracold atoms in optical lattices, where small spacing is essential for quantum tunneling, and large spacing enables single-site manipulation and spatially resolved detection.

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OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: February 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 1, 2008
Published: April 3, 2008

T. C. Li, H. Kelkar, D. Medellin, and M. G. Raizen, "Real-time control of the periodicity of a standing wave: an optical accordion," Opt. Express 16, 5465-5470 (2008)

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