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Strong interaction between light and a single trapped atom without a cavity

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6 Author(s)
Tey Meng Khoon ; Phys. Dept, Nat. Univ. of Singapore, Singapore ; Zilong Chen ; Aljunid, Syed Abdullah ; Chng, B.
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We measured the extinction of a focused light beam by a single 87Rb atom localized in an optical dipole trap and found a value of 7.2% for a focused Gaussian beam resonantly interacting with an atomic two-level system. Various models describing interaction of an atom with a focused light field are compared to explain our experimental result. Our experiment suggests that a strong coupling may be achieved without cavity assistance. This opens new perspectives for a development of an efficient atom-photon interface for Quantum Information processing.

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Lasers and Electro-Optics, 2008 and 2008 Conference on Quantum Electronics and Laser Science. CLEO/QELS 2008. Conference on

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4-9 May 2008

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