Nanofiber-based double-helix dipole trap for cold neutral atoms

Author(s): D. Reitz, A. Rauschenbeutel

Journal: Optics Communications

Volume: 285

Page(s): 4705-4708

Year: 2012

DOI Number: 10.1016/j.optcom.2012.06.034

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A double-helix optical trapping potential for cold atoms can be straightforwardly created inside the evanescent field of an optical nanofiber. It suffices to send three circularly polarized light fields through the nanofiber; two counterpropagating and far red-detuned with respect to the atomic transition and the third far blue-detuned. Assuming realistic experimental parameters, the transverse confinement of the resulting potential allows one to reach the one-dimensional regime with cesium atoms for temperatures of several μK. Moreover, by locally varying the nanofiber diameter, the radius and pitch of the double-helix can be modulated, thereby opening a realm of applications in cold-atom physics.


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