Miniaturizing atom optics: From wires to atom chips

Jörg Schmiedmayer, Ron Folman

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A large variety of trapping and guiding potentials can be designed by bringing cold atoms close to charged or current carrying material objects, which allows for miniaturization and integration of atom optical elements. Surfaces holding such structures form Atom Chips which, for coherent matter wave optics, may form the basis for a variety of novel applications and research tools, similar to what integrated circuits are for electronics. We describe the basic principles of constructing such microscopic traps and guides, how to load atoms into them, and give examples of Atom Chip experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-563
Number of pages13
JournalComptes Rendus de l'Academie des Sciences - Series IV: Physics, Astrophysics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Atom chips
  • Atom guides
  • Atomes froids
  • Cold atoms
  • Guide atomique
  • Integrated optics
  • Magnetic traps
  • Optique intégrée
  • Piège magnétique
  • Puce atomique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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