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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Jun. 8, 2009
  • pp: 10035–10043

Single-particle motional oscillator powered by laser

A. E. Kaplan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 10035-10043 (2009)

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An ion, atom, molecule or macro-particle in a trap can exhibit large motional oscillations due to the Doppler-affected radiation pressure by a laser, blue-detuned from an absorption line of a particle. This oscillator can be nearly thresholdless, but under certain conditions it may exhibit huge hysteretic excitation. Feasible applications include a “Foucault pendulum” in a trap, a rotation sensor, single atom spectroscopy, isotope separation, etc.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: March 10, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 26, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 27, 2009
Published: June 1, 2009

A. E. Kaplan, "Single-particle motional oscillator powered by laser," Opt. Express 17, 10035-10043 (2009)

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