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Optics Express

  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 2 — Jul. 20, 1998
  • pp: 97–103

Diffusion of a single ion in a one-dimensional optical lattice

S. Schlipf, H. Katori, L. Perotti, and H. Walther  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp. 97-103 (1998)

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We present an experimental study of the spatial diffusion of a single ion in a polarization gradient field. A 24Mg+ ion was radially confined in a two-dimensional radio-frequency (rf) trap, while an optical lattice superimposed on a weak electric potential was applied along the free axis. With the help of a statistical analysis of single ion trajectories, a spatial diffusion constant was obtained as a function of optical potential depth. The results are compared to semiclassical theoretical models for trapped ions and neutral atoms.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics

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Focus Issue: Quantum structures in nonlinear optics and atomic physics

Original Manuscript: May 11, 1998
Published: July 20, 1998

S. Schlipf, H. Katori, L. Perotti, and Herbert Walther, "Diffusion of a Single Ion in a One-Dimensional Optical Lattice," Opt. Express 3, 97-103 (1998)

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