On Tuesday February 12th at 10:00 am Adam Selyem from the University of Glasgow will give a talk at the Raumzellen Bau at PTB Braunschweig (RZB11). The title of his talk is: 'Atom optics with structured light'.
Abstract: In recent years we have obtained exquisite spatial control over all degrees of freedom of light, namely amplitude, phase and polarisation. There are numerous schemes using static and dynamic devices for control of these parameters, each suited for different applications. In this talk I will describe the way we operate spatial light modulators (SLMs) at Glasgow, and compare their performance to digital micromirror devices (DMDs) which we also use. As an example I will then describe an experiment using structured polarisation and electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in a cloud of cold rubidium atoms to measure magnetic field directions.