Atom microtraps based on near-field Fresnel diffraction
Bandi, Thejesh N.
Minogin, Vladimir G.
Nic Chormaic, Síle
American Physical Society
We propose and present a quantitative analysis of neutral atom microtraps based on optical near fields produced by the diffraction of a laser wave on small apertures in a thin screen. We show that near-field atom microtraps are capable of storing atoms in micron-sized regions, with estimated trap lifetimes of about 1 s, when using a moderate laser intensity of about 10 W∕cm2. The depth of the proposed Fresnel atom microtraps is about 0.1 mK. An array of such atom microtraps could have applications to site-selective manipulation of cold atoms.
Atom manipulation in atomic physics
BANDI, T. N., MINOGIN, V. G. & NIC CHORMAIC, S. 2008. Atom microtraps based on near-field Fresnel diffraction. Physical Review A, 78(1), 013410.
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