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Piezoelectrically actuated time-averaged atomic microtraps

West, A.D.; Wade, C.G.; Weatherill, K.J.; Hughes, I.G.

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A.D. West

C.G. Wade


We present a scheme for creating tight and adiabatic time-averaged atom-traps through the piezoelectric actuation of nanomagnetic structures. We show that potentials formed by the circular translation of magnetic structures have several advantages over conventional rotating-field techniques, particularly for high trap frequencies. As the magnitude of the actuation is changed, the trapping potential can be changed adiabatically between harmonic 3D confinement and a toroidal trap.


West, A., Wade, C., Weatherill, K., & Hughes, I. (2012). Piezoelectrically actuated time-averaged atomic microtraps. Applied Physics Letters, 101(2), Article 023115.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 9, 2012
Deposit Date Jul 10, 2012
Publicly Available Date Sep 11, 2012
Journal Applied Physics Letters
Print ISSN 0003-6951
Electronic ISSN 1077-3118
Publisher American Institute of Physics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 101
Issue 2
Article Number 023115


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