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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2014
  • pp: 4271–4273

A Raman waveplate for spinor Bose–Einstein condensates

Justin T. Schultz, Azure Hansen, and Nicholas P. Bigelow  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 14, pp. 4271-4273 (2014)

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We demonstrate a waveplate for a pseudo-spin-1/2 Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC) using a two-photon Raman interaction. The angle of the waveplate is set by the relative phase of the optical fields, and the retardance is controlled by the pulse area. The waveplate allows us to image maps of the Stokes parameters of a BEC and thereby measure its relative ground-state phase. We demonstrate the waveplate by measuring the Stokes parameters of a coreless vortex.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(020.1335) Atomic and molecular physics : Atom optics
(020.1475) Atomic and molecular physics : Bose-Einstein condensates

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: April 24, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 16, 2014
Published: July 15, 2014

Justin T. Schultz, Azure Hansen, and Nicholas P. Bigelow, "A Raman waveplate for spinor Bose–Einstein condensates," Opt. Lett. 39, 4271-4273 (2014)

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