Optomechanical self-structuring of cold atoms

Guillaume G. Labeyrie, Robin Kaiser, Enrico Tesio, Pedro Monteiro Gomes, Gian-Luca Oppo, William Firth, Gordon Robb, Aidan Arnold, Thorsten Ackemann

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50
Number of pages1
JournalOptics and Photonics News
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • cold atoms
  • optical forces
  • optical cavities


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