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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 1999
  • pp: 1805–1807

Long, narrow all-light atom guide

Y. Song, D. Milam, and W. T. Hill III  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 24, pp. 1805-1807 (1999)

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A 1-mm-diameter all-light atom guide capable of transporting ultracold atoms tens of centimeters with high efficiency is described. We made the atom tunnel, a dark hollow beam that is blue detuned from resonance, by passing a few tens of milliwatts of energy from a TEM00 diode laser beam through an optical sequence composed of three axicons and a simple lens. We demonstrate transport of 108Cs atoms approximately 20 cm with minimal heating. We show that it is possible for one to control the direction and speed of the atoms in the tunnel by varying the detuning of the tunnel beam.

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

Y. Song, D. Milam, and W. T. Hill III, "Long, narrow all-light atom guide," Opt. Lett. 24, 1805-1807 (1999)

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