Atom guiding along `non-diffracting' light beams

J. Arlt, C. A. McQueen, K. Dholakia

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A scheme for coupling atoms from a magnetooptical trap into a high-order Bessel beam mediated by a high-order Laguerre-Gaussian beam is analyzed. In addition, a highly efficient method for producing such beams by using a high-order Laguerre-Gaussian beam incident on an axicon or holographic element is demonstrated. The existence optical dipole potentials and polarization gradient cooling mechanisms in such beams, in addition to the absence of van der waals forces, make the scheme effective and experimentally realizable. Simulations show that coupling a substantial fraction of cold atoms into the waveguide is possible.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS '99) - Baltimore, MD, USA
Duration: 1999 May 231999 May 28


OtherProceedings of the 1999 Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS '99)
CityBaltimore, MD, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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