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RAP opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory     NRL

Laser Cooling and Guiding of Atoms in Optical Waveguides


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Optical Sciences

opportunity location
64.15.67.B6113 Washington, DC 203755321


name email phone
Mark Bashkansky 202.767.2512


Our research involves the guiding and manipulation of cold atoms confined in optical potentials. Our efforts concentrate on hollow-core optical fiber guiding and free-space (holographic) optical guiding and confinement using blue- and red-detuned laser fields. With the optical fibers, we are investigating high flux cold-atom transport, enhanced nonlinear effects in photonic crystal fiber guides, magnetometry, and cooling processes in axially tailored optical fibers. The free-space guides uniquely offer the possibility of investigating dynamical processes of atoms confined to arbitrary optical potentials that can be altered in real time. We have recently begun investigating interactions of atoms with cylindrical vector beams, which have a spatially varying polarization profile (e.g. radially-polarized or azimuthally-polarized beams).


key words
Atomic physics; Dark hollow beams; Hollow core fiber; Holography; Laser cooling; Magneto-optical trap;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$94,199.00 $3,000.00
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