Applied Physics B

, Volume 69, Issue 4, pp 291–301 | Cite as

A neutral atom and a wire: towards mesoscopic atom optics

  • J. Denschlag
  • D. Cassettari
  • A. Chenet
  • S. Schneider
  • J. Schmiedmayer
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Abstract.

A large variety of trapping and guiding potentials can be designed by bringing cold atoms close to charged or current-carrying material objects. Using a current-carrying wire we demonstrate how to build guides and traps for neutral atoms and using a charged wire we study a 1/r2 singularity. The simplicity and versatility of the principles demonstrated in our experiments will allow for miniaturization and integration of atom optical elements into matter-wave quantum circuits.

PACS: 03.75.Be; 03.65.Nk 

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© Springer-Verlag 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Denschlag
    • 1
  • D. Cassettari
    • 1
  • A. Chenet
    • 1
  • S. Schneider
    • 1
  • J. Schmiedmayer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Experimentalphysik, Universität Innsbruck, A-6020 Innsbruck, AustriaAustria
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Fisica - Universita’ di Pisa, Piazza Torricelli 2, 56126 Pisa, ItalyItaly

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