Optical anyons: Atoms trapped on electromagnetic vortices

Ewan M Wright, R. Y. Chiao, J. C. Garrison

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Abstract

We study composite particles consisting of an atom trapped on an electromagnetic vortex. The vortex core acts as a guiding center for the atom, so that the atom-vortex composite will be maintained under sufficiently gentle motions of the vortex center. We show that the adiabatic exchange of two identical atom-vortex composites generates a nontrivial geometric phase factor, and conclude that these quasiparticles should obey fractional statistics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1797-1803
Number of pages7
JournalChaos, Solitons and Fractals
Volume4
Issue number8-9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

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Vortex
vortices
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composite materials
Geometric Phase
Quasiparticles
Fractional
statistics
Statistics
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Optical anyons : Atoms trapped on electromagnetic vortices. / Wright, Ewan M; Chiao, R. Y.; Garrison, J. C.

In: Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, Vol. 4, No. 8-9, 1994, p. 1797-1803.

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Wright, Ewan M ; Chiao, R. Y. ; Garrison, J. C. / Optical anyons : Atoms trapped on electromagnetic vortices. In: Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. 1994 ; Vol. 4, No. 8-9. pp. 1797-1803.
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