Laser-noise-induced heating in far-off resonance optical traps

T. A. Savard, K. M. O’Hara, J. E. Thomas

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Using a simple model, we calculate the heating rates arising from laser intensity noise and beam-pointing fluctuations in far-off resonance optical traps. Intensity noise causes exponential heating, while beam-pointing noise causes heating at a constant rate. The achievement of heating time constants well beyond 10 sec imposes stringent requirements on the laser noise power spectra. Noise spectra are measured for a commercial argon-ion laser to illustrate the expected time scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R1095-R1098
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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