An optimized single-beam dark optical trap

Ariel Kaplan*, Nir Friedman, Nir Davidson

*Corresponding author for this work

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A novel optical scheme to generate an "optimal" trap, which maximizes the trap depth, and greatly reduces the light-induced perturbations to the atoms is presented. This, in particular, is achieved by surrounding a dark volume with a light envelope of an almost minimal surface area for a given volume. The stiffness of the walls, combined with the large detuning allowed by the efficient distribution of light intensity, yield a very low photon scattering rate for the trapped atoms.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventQuantum Electronics and Laser Science (QELS) 2002 - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: 19 May 200224 May 2002


ConferenceQuantum Electronics and Laser Science (QELS) 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach, CA


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