Moving interference patterns created using the angular Doppler-effect

J. Arlt*, Michael P MacDonald, Lynn Paterson, W. Sibbett, K. Dholakia, K. Volke-Sepulveda

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We use the angular Doppler-effect to obtain stable frequency shifts from below one Hertz to hundreds of Hertz in the optical domain, constituting a control of 1 part in 1014. For the first time, we use these very small frequency shifts to create continuous motion in interference patterns including the scanning of linear fringe patterns and the rotation of the interference pattern formed from a Laguerre-Gaussian beam. This enables controlled lateral and rotational movement of trapped particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)844-852
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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