Single-atom motion in a single-photon light field

P. W H Pinkse*, T. Fischer, P. Maunz, G. Rempe

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Using an atomic fountain, single ultracold neutral atoms were injected in the standing-wave light field of a high-finesse optical cavity. When an atom was detected in the cavity, the laser light pumping the cavity was suddenly switched to a higher value. By comparing the results with a quantum jump Monte Carlo simulation of the atomic trajectory, it was found that the observed changes of the transmitted power are a direct measure of the radial excursion of the atom along the Gaussian mode profile, showing that the atom is bound. Further, periodic structure was visible in the fourth-order intensity correlation function.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventQuantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2000 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 7 May 200012 May 2000


ConferenceQuantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2000
Abbreviated titleQELS 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


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