Trapping single atoms with single photons

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

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Single ultracold neutral atoms in the standing wave light field of a high-finesse optical cavity were injected using an atomic fountain to observe the strong coupling between an atom and the light field. When an atom is detected in the cavity, the laser light pumping the cavity is suddenly switched to a higher value. This increases the depth of the optical dipole potential and traps the atom in the cavity field.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event2000 International Quantum Electronics Conference 2000 - Nice, France
Duration: 10 Sep 200015 Sep 2000


Conference2000 International Quantum Electronics Conference 2000
Abbreviated titleIQEC 2000


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