Atom guiding along Laguerre-Gaussian and Bessel light beams

J. Arlt, T. Hitomi, K. Dholakia

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We study and analyse the optical dipole potential for guiding atoms in various forms of both Laguerre-Gaussian and Bessel light beams. We find that Laguerre-Gaussian beams of high azimuthal index are advantageous for focusing atoms. We identify that high-order Bessel beams offer significant advantages for atom transport over extended distances when compared to Laguerre-Gaussian light beams. Possible future experimental methods to channel atoms into a high-order Bessel beam via a Laguerre-Gaussian light beam are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-554
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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