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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 10 — Oct. 31, 2007

Collective oscillations in optical matter

F. J. García de Abajo  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 18, pp. 11082-11094 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.011082


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Abstract

Atom and nanoparticle arrays trapped in optical lattices are shown to be capable of sustaining collective oscillations of frequency proportional to the strength of the external light field. The spectrum of these oscillations determines the mechanical stability of the arrays. This phenomenon is studied for dimers, strings, and two-dimensional planar arrays. Laterally confined particles free to move along an optical channel are also considered as an example of collective motion in partially-confined systems. The fundamental concepts of dynamical response in optical matter introduced here constitute the basis for potential applications to quantum information technology and signal processing. Experimental realizations of these systems are proposed.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(290.5870) Scattering : Scattering, Rayleigh

ToC Category:
Trapping

History
Original Manuscript: June 20, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 26, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 28, 2007
Published: August 20, 2007

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F. J. García De Abajo, "Collective oscillations in optical matter," Opt. Express 15, 11082-11094 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-18-11082


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