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Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Jun 8;98(23):233601. Epub 2007 Jun 8.

Deterministic loading of individual atoms to a high-finesse optical cavity.

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  • 1School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0430, USA.


Individual laser-cooled atoms are delivered on demand from a single atom magneto-optic trap to a high-finesse optical cavity using an atom conveyor. Strong coupling of the atom with the cavity field allows simultaneous cooling and detection of individual atoms for time scales exceeding 15 s. The single atom scatter rate is studied as a function of probe-cavity detuning and probe Rabi frequency, and the experimental results are in qualitative agreement with theoretical predictions. We demonstrate the ability to manipulate the position of a single atom relative to the cavity mode with excellent control and reproducibility.

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