Optical mask for laser-cooled atoms

Andrey Turlapov, Alexei Tonyushkin, Tycho Sleator

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    A study was performed on optical mask for laser-cooled atoms. An optical mask is a standing wave of light in resonance with an open atomic transition. The mask depleted the population of the initial internal state everywhere except in a narrow vicinity of the nodes. It was found that the optical mask was a useful tool for creating a periodic pattern in the density of cold rubidium atoms. The instrumental width of the imaging technique was limited due to an effect of the dipole force rather than the initial velocity spread.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number023408
    Pages (from-to)234081-234085
    Number of pages5
    JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Aug 2003

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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