Dynamic manipulation of Bose-Einstein condensates with a spatial light modulator

V. Boyer, R. M. Godun, G. Smirne, D. Cassettari, C. M. Chandrashekar, A. B. Deb, Z. J. Laczik, C. J. Foot

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    Abstract

    We manipulate a Bose-Einstein condensate using the optical trap created by the diffraction of a laser beam on a fast ferroelectric liquid crystal spatial light modulator. The modulator acts as a phase grating which can generate arbitrary diffraction patterns and be rapidly reconfigured at rates up to 1 kHz to create smooth, time-varying optical potentials. The flexibility of the device is demonstrated with our experimental results for splitting a Bose-Einstein condensate and independently transporting the separate parts of the atomic cloud.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number031402
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review A
    Volume73
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006

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