Optical dipole traps and atomic waveguides based on Bessel light beams

Jochen Arlt, Kishan Dholakia, Josh Soneson, Ewan M. Wright

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We theoretically investigate the use of Bessel light beams generated using axicons for creating optical dipole traps for cold atoms and atomic waveguiding. Zeroth-order Bessel beams can be used to produce highly elongated dipole traps, allowing for the study of one-dimensional trapped gases and realization of a Tonks gas of impenetrable bosons. First-order Bessel beams are shown to be able to produce tight confined atomic waveguides over centimeter distances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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