Dynamically reconfigurable optical lattices

P.J. Rodrigo, V.R. Daria, J. Glückstad

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    Abstract

    We present a theoretical framework for two approaches of generating light-efficient optical lattices via a generic Fourier-filtering operation. We demonstrate how lattice geometry can be dynamically changed from fully discrete to interconnected optical arrays conveniently achieved with virtually zero computational resources. Both approaches apply a real-time reconfigurable phase-only spatial light modulator to set up dynamic input phase patterns for a 4-f spatial filtering system that synthesizes the optical lattices. The first method is based on lossless phase-only Fourier-filtering; the second, on amplitude-only Fourier-filtering. We show numerically generated optical lattices rendered by both schemes and quantify the strength of the light throughput that can be achieved by each filtering alternative.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalOpt. Express
    Volume13
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)1384-1394
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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