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Observation of optomechanical strain in a cold atomic cloud (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Noam Matzliah; Hagai Edri; Asif Sinay; Roee Ozeri; Nir Davidson

Paper Abstract

We report the observation of the optomechanical strain applied to thermal and to quantum degenerate $^{87}Rb$ atomic clouds when illuminated by an intense, far detuned homogeneous laser beam. In this regime the atomic cloud acts as a lens which focuses the laser beam. As a back action, the atoms experience a force opposite to the beam deflection, which depends on the atomic cloud density profile. We experimentally demonstrate the basic features of this force, distinguishing it from the well-established scattering and dipole forces. The observed strain saturates, ultimately limiting the momentum impulse that can be transferred to the atoms. This optomechanical force may effectively induce inter-particle interactions, which can be optically tuned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2018
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Proc. SPIE 10549, Complex Light and Optical Forces XII, 1054911 (14 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2296677
Show Author Affiliations
Noam Matzliah, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
Hagai Edri, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
Asif Sinay, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
Roee Ozeri, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
Nir Davidson, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10549:
Complex Light and Optical Forces XII
Enrique J. Galvez; David L. Andrews; Jesper Glückstad, Editor(s)

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