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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 2 — Jan. 27, 2003
  • pp: 158–166
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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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.11.000158


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Abstract

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.

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

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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)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-11-2-158


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