Cold atom guidance by a holographically-generated Laguerre-Gaussian laser mode
Laboratoire Aimé Cotton, CNRS II, UPR 3321, Université Paris-Sud, bât. 505, 91405 Orsay, France
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Revised: 28 October 2009
Published online: 19 January 2010
We report on the quantitative study of guiding of cold rubidium atoms in a Laguerre-Gaussian laser mode LG0l, which is holographically prepared using a spatial light modulator. We have measured the guiding efficiency (up to 25%) and studied the variations versus l, the order of the mode and versus the laser detuning. We interpret the observed behavior by using a two-dimensional trap model and by calculating the capture efficiency of the initial atomic cloud by the dipole guide.
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