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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1987
  • pp: 389–391

Absorption spectroscopy at the limit: detection of a single atom

D. J. Wineland, Wayne M. Itano, and J. C. Bergquist  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 12, Issue 6, pp. 389-391 (1987)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.12.000389


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Abstract

We investigate the sensitivity limit of absorption spectroscopy. An experiment is described in which the decrease in transmitted light intensity that is due to absorption by a single, electromagnetically confined atomic ion is observed.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: January 21, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: February 26, 1987
Published: June 1, 1987

Citation
D. J. Wineland, Wayne M. Itano, and J. C. Bergquist, "Absorption spectroscopy at the limit: detection of a single atom," Opt. Lett. 12, 389-391 (1987)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-12-6-389

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