Applications of spatial light modulators in atom optics

D. McGloin, G. C. Spalding, H. Melville, W. Sibbett, K. Dholakia

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Abstract

We discuss the application of spatial light modulators (SLMs) to the field of atom optics. We show that SLMs may be used to generate a wide variety of optical potentials that are useful for the guiding and dipole trapping of atoms. This functionality is demonstrated by the production of a number of different light potentials using a single SLM device. These include Mach-Zender interferometer patterns and the generation of a bottle-beam. We also discuss the current limitations in SLM technology with regard to the generation of both static and dynamically deformed potentials and their use in atom optics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-166
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan

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McGloin, D., Spalding, G. C., Melville, H., Sibbett, W., & Dholakia, K. (2003). Applications of spatial light modulators in atom optics. Optics Express, 11(2), 158-166. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.11.000158
McGloin, D. ; Spalding, G. C. ; Melville, H. ; Sibbett, W. ; Dholakia, K. / Applications of spatial light modulators in atom optics. In: Optics Express. 2003 ; Vol. 11, No. 2. pp. 158-166.
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In: Optics Express, Vol. 11, No. 2, 01.2003, p. 158-166.

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