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Real-time detection of single atoms with transverse mode of high-finesse optical micro cavity

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6 Author(s)
Shiokawa, N. ; Inst. of Phys., Tokyo Univ., Japan ; Shimizu, Y. ; Yamamoto, N. ; Noguchi, T.
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Summary form only given. The strong atom-photon coupling generated inside high-finesse optical micro cavity lets us detect a single atom trajectory in real time. Such a strong coupling is a candidate for trapping a single atom with a single photon. Dynamics of trapped atoms can be observed in situ and in real time by detecting intensity change on the transmission of a blue-shifted laser beam. We cooled down and trapped rubidium atoms by using conventional cell magneto optical trap (MOT) and launched them into the micro optical cavity which locates 35 mm above the MOT. By using this signal as trigger and changing the laser frequency, it is, in principle, possible to trap the atom in the cavity.

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Quantum Electronics Conference, 2000. Conference Digest. 2000 International

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10-15 Sept. 2000