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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2014
  • pp: 2932–2935

Optical dipole mirror for cold atoms based on a metallic diffraction grating

Tomasz Kawalec, Dobrosława Bartoszek-Bober, Roman Panaś, Jacek Fiutowski, Aleksandra Pławecka, and Horst-Günter Rubahn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 10, pp. 2932-2935 (2014)

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We report on the realization of a plasmonic dipole mirror for cold atoms based on a metallic grating coupler. A cloud of atoms is reflected by the repulsive potential generated by surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) excited on a reflection gold grating by a 780 nm laser beam. Experimentally and numerically determined mirror efficiencies are close to 100%. The intensity of SPPs above a real grating coupler and the atomic trajectories, as well as the momentum dispersion of the atom cloud being reflected, are computed. A suggestion is given as to how the plasmonic mirror might serve as an optical atom chip.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(020.3320) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser cooling

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: February 14, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 14, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 14, 2014
Published: May 9, 2014

Tomasz Kawalec, Dobrosława Bartoszek-Bober, Roman Panaś, Jacek Fiutowski, Aleksandra Pławecka, and Horst-Günter Rubahn, "Optical dipole mirror for cold atoms based on a metallic diffraction grating," Opt. Lett. 39, 2932-2935 (2014)

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