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

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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