This thesis describes advances and techniques toward the efficient coupling of cold rubidium atoms into a low loss hollow core photonic crystal fibre using a blue-detuned first order hollow beam. In the proposed system, the low diffraction of the blue-detuned first order hollow beam acts as a repulsive potential optical funnel that allows the coupling of cold atoms under the influence of gravity into the fibre's hollow core. Using a low loss fibre with a blue detuned hollow beam shows potential for guiding atoms over distances on the laboratory scale, which would enable new applications in nanofabrication and optical metrology.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||19 Sep 2016|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2015|