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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 3 — Feb. 11, 2013
  • pp: 3445–3462

Ground-state cooling for a trapped atom using cavity-induced double electromagnetically induced transparency

Zhen Yi, Wen-ju Gu, and Gao-xiang Li  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 3, pp. 3445-3462 (2013)

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We propose a cooling scheme for a trapped atom using the phenomenon of cavity-induced double electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT), where the atom comprising of four levels in tripod configuration is confined inside a high-finesse optical cavity. By exploiting one cavity-induced EIT, which involves one cavity photon and two laser photons, carrier transition can be eliminated due to the quantum destructive interference of excitation paths. Heating process originated from blue-sideband transition mediated by cavity field can also be prohibited due to the destructive quantum interference with the additional transition between the additional ground state and the excited state. As a consequence, the trapped atom can be cooled to the motional ground state in the leading order of the Lamb-Dicke parameters. In addition, the cooling rate is of the same order of magnitude as that obtained in the cavity-induced single EIT scheme.

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OCIS Codes
(270.4180) Quantum optics : Multiphoton processes
(020.3320) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser cooling

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: November 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 16, 2013
Published: February 4, 2013

Zhen Yi, Wen-ju Gu, and Gao-xiang Li, "Ground-state cooling for a trapped atom using cavity-induced double electromagnetically induced transparency," Opt. Express 21, 3445-3462 (2013)

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