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Generating persistent currents states of atoms using orbital angular momentum of photons

Helmerson, K and Andersen, MF and Ryu, C and Clade, P and Natarajan, V and Vaziri, A and Philips, WD (2007) Generating persistent currents states of atoms using orbital angular momentum of photons. In: Nuclear Physics A, 790 (1-4). pp. 705-712.

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Abstract

We describe the coherent transfer of the orbital angular momentum of a photon to an atom in quantized units of \hbar, using a 2-photon stimulated Raman process with Laguerre-Gaussian beams to generate an atomic vortex state in a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) of sodium atoms. We show that the process is coherent by creating superpositions of different vortex states, where the relative phase between the states is determined by the relative phases of the optical fields. We use this technique to generate circular flow of a BEC confined in a toroidal shaped trap. We measure that the flow of atoms persists for up to 10 seconds, which we interpret as the first evidence of persistent currents in a superfluid Bose gas.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/11829

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