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.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2000|
|Event||Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2000 - San Francisco, United States|
Duration: 7 May 2000 → 12 May 2000
|Conference||Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2000|
|Abbreviated title||QELS 2000|
|Period||7/05/00 → 12/05/00|