Applications of spatial light modulators in atom optics

David McGloin, G. Spalding, H. Melville, W. Sibbett, K. Dholakia

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    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
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003


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