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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 25 — Dec. 7, 2009
  • pp: 22898–22905

Single atom Rydberg excitation in a small dipole trap

Zhanchun Zuo, Miho Fukusen, Yoshihito Tamaki, Tomoki Watanabe, Yusuke Nakagawa, and Ken’ichi Nakagawa  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 22898-22905 (2009)

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We have realized a single atom trap using a magneto-optical trap (MOT) with a high magnetic field gradient and a small optical dipole trap. Using this trap, we demonstrate the excitation to a highly excited Rydberg state (n=43) with a single Rubidium atom.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic
(020.1335) Atomic and molecular physics : Atom optics
(020.3320) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser cooling

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: October 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 25, 2009
Published: November 30, 2009

Zhanchun Zuo, Miho Fukusen, Yoshihiro Tamaki, Tomoki Watanabe, Yusuke Nakagawa, and Ken'ichi Nakagawa, "Single atom Rydberg excitation in a small dipole trap," Opt. Express 17, 22898-22905 (2009)

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