Applied Physics B

, Volume 102, Issue 3, pp 443–450 | Cite as

Spatial light modulators for the manipulation of individual atoms

  • L. Brandt
  • C. Muldoon
  • T. Thiele
  • J. Dong
  • E. Brainis
  • A. Kuhn
Article

Abstract

We propose a versatile arrangement for the trapping and manipulation of single atoms in optical tweezers formed by the direct image of a spatial light modulator (SLM). The scheme incorporates a high numerical aperture microscope to map the intensity distribution of a SLM onto a cloud of cold atoms. The regions of high intensity act as optical dipole-force traps. With a SLM fast enough to modify the trapping potential in real time, this technique is well suited for the controlled addressing and manipulation of arbitrarily selected atoms.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Brandt
    • 1
  • C. Muldoon
    • 1
  • T. Thiele
    • 1
    • 3
  • J. Dong
    • 1
  • E. Brainis
    • 2
  • A. Kuhn
    • 1
  1. 1.Clarendon LaboratoryUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.Service OPERA (CP 194/5)Université libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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