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  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 9 — Apr. 30, 2007
  • pp: 5431–5438

Optical nanofiber as an efficient tool for manipulating and probing atomic fluorescence

K. P. Nayak, P. N. Melentiev, M. Morinaga, Fam Le Kien, V. I. Balykin, and K. Hakuta  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 9, pp. 5431-5438 (2007)

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We experimentally demonstrate efficient coupling of atomic fluorescence to the guided mode of a subwavelength-diameter silica fiber, an optical nanofiber. We show that fluorescence of a very small number of atoms, around the nanofiber can be readily observed through a single-mode optical fiber. We also show that such a technique enables us to probe the van der Waals interaction between atoms and surface with high precision by observing the fluorescence excitation spectrum through the nanofiber.

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OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(240.6490) Optics at surfaces : Spectroscopy, surface
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: February 21, 2007
Revised Manuscript: April 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 18, 2007
Published: April 19, 2007

K. P. Nayak, P. N. Melentiev, M. Morinaga, Fam Le Kien, V. I. Balykin, and K. Hakuta, "Optical nanofiber as an efficient tool for manipulating and probing atomic Fluorescence," Opt. Express 15, 5431-5438 (2007)

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