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Single atoms in optical traps and high-Q cavities
Author(s): Harry J. Kimble; Zhilin Hu; Q. A. Turchette
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Paper Abstract

A variety of experiments are underway in the Quantum Optics Group at Caltech which investigate the quantum nature of atom-field interactions at the level of individual atoms and quanta. A recent technical advance in support of this research is the observation of cooling and trapping of single neutral cesium atoms in magneto-optical trap. Discrete steps are recorded in the fluorescence signal from the trap and are associated with the arrival and departure of individual trapped atoms. Such a spatially localized sample of a single atom with small kinetic energy is an enabling advance for diverse studies in quantum optics, including the possibility of spectroscopy with squeezed and other forms of nonclassical light and cavity quantum electrodynamics with strong coupling of an atom to the field of an optical cavity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 April 1995
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 2385, Advanced Optical Methods for Ultrasensitive Detection, (7 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.206440
Show Author Affiliations
Harry J. Kimble, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Zhilin Hu, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Q. A. Turchette, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2385:
Advanced Optical Methods for Ultrasensitive Detection
Bryan L. Fearey, Editor(s)

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