We have produced an elementary, continuously operating integrated circuit for atoms. The circuit, which is realized by purely optical means, combines an atom source, a switchable channel guide, and a local atom detector within the geometry of a planar atomic waveguide at submicrometer distance from a metallic surface.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
Dominik Schneble, Masahiro Hasuo, Thomas Anker, Tilman Pfau, and Jürgen Mlynek, "Integrated atom-optical circuit with continuous-wave operation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 648-651 (2003)