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Inducing vortices in a Bose-Einstein condensate using holographically produced light beams

By Johannes F. S. Brachmann, Waseem S. Bakr, Jonathon Gillen, Amy Peng and Markus Greiner


In this paper we demonstrate a technique that can create out-of-equilibrium vortex configurations with almost arbitrary charge and geometry in a Bose-Einstein condensate. We coherently transfer orbital angular momentum from a holographically generated light beam to a Rubidium 87 condensate using a two-photon stimulated Raman process. Using matter wave interferometry, we verify the phase pattern imprinted onto the atomic wave function for a single vortex and a vortex-antivortex pair. In addition to their phase winding, the vortices created with this technique have an associated hyperfine spin texture.Comment: 4 pages, 5 figure

Topics: Condensed Matter - Quantum Gases, Physics - Atomic Physics, Quantum Physics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1364/OE.19.012984
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