Making the most of interference: speckle metrology and its application to cold atoms

Graham David Bruce, Nikolaus Metzger, Roman Spesyvtsev, Bill Miller, Gareth T. Maker, Graeme Malcolm, Michael Mazilu, Kishan Dholakia

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Abstract

Speckle patterns result from the interference of multiple reflections in disordered media. This is regarded as a randomization process which destroys information contained within the initial light beam and is deleterious to many optical systems. Indeed, many engineers study speckle to remove its effect. Intriguingly however, the processes that produce the speckle are entirely linear, and there is growing recognition that this complex pattern is rich in useful information on both the incident laser source and the environment, with startling potential uses. We will demonstrate our recent results [1], which show that the speckle pattern produced by light propagation in an integrating sphere can be used as a sensitive wavemeter, with a resolution below 1fm. Moreover, this can be used to stabilize the wavelength of a laser on a timescale and to a stability applicable for laser cooling of cold atoms.
Reference:
[1] N. K. Metzger, et al., “Harnessing speckle for a sub-femtometre resolved broadband wavemeter and laser stabilization”, Nature Communications 8, 15610 (2017)
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 24 Jul 2017
EventInternational Conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics (QuAMP) - Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20177 Sept 2017
http://quamp2017.iopconfs.org/Home

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics (QuAMP)
Abbreviated titleQuAMP
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period4/09/177/09/17
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