Optomechanical self-structuring of cold atoms

Labeyrie, Guillaume G. and Kaiser, Robin and Tesio, Enrico and Monteiro Gomes, Pedro and Oppo, Gian-Luca and Firth, William and Robb, Gordon and Arnold, Aidan and Ackemann, Thorsten (2014) Optomechanical self-structuring of cold atoms. Optics and Photonics News, 25 (12). p. 50. ISSN 1047-6938 (https://www.osa-opn.org/home/articles/volume_25/de...)

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The field of optomechanics deals with the mutual coupling of light and matter via optical forces. This can lead to spectacular examples of spontaneous spatial organization. Cold and ultra-cold atoms have emerged as useful systems to study these effects since they are highly sensitive to the dipole force exerted by a spatially-inhomogeneous light field.