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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2009
  • pp: 1159–1161

Atom trapping in an interferometrically generated bottle beam trap

L. Isenhower, W. Williams, A. Dally, and M. Saffman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 8, pp. 1159-1161 (2009)

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We demonstrate an optical bottle beam trap created by interfering two fundamental Gaussian beams with different waists. The beams are derived from a single laser source using a Mach–Zehnder interferometer whose arms have unequal magnifications. Destructive interference of the two beams from the Mach–Zehnder leads to a three-dimensional intensity null at the mutual focus of the beams. We demonstrate trapping of cold cesium atoms in a blue detuned bottle beam trap.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2009
Published: April 6, 2009

L. Isenhower, W. Williams, A. Dally, and M. Saffman, "Atom trapping in an interferometrically generated bottle beam trap," Opt. Lett. 34, 1159-1161 (2009)

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