Contact: Lynn Yarris
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Caption: To measure force, a cloud of atoms (gray oval) are trapped in an optical cavity created by two standing-wave light fields, ODT A and ODT B. The amplitude of ODT B is varied to create a force that is optomechanically transduced onto the phase of a probe light for measurement.
Credit: Image courtesy of Dan Stamper-Kurn group
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