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Transfer and storage of vortex states in light and matter waves

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Article number193602
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>4/11/2004
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical review letters
Issue number19
Number of pages4
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We theoretically explore the transfer of vortex states between atomic Bose-Einstein condensates and optical pulses using ultra-slow and stopped light techniques. We find shining a coupling laser on a rotating two-component ground state condensate with a vortex lattice generates a probe laser field with optical vortices. We also find that optical vortex states can be robustly stored in the atomic superfluids for times, in Rb-87 condensates, limited only by the ground state coherence time.