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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 1994
  • pp: 749–751

Atom galleries for whispering atoms: binding atoms in stable orbits around an optical resonator

H. Mabuchi and H. J. Kimble  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 19, Issue 10, pp. 749-751 (1994)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.19.000749


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Abstract

The external fields of optical whispering gallery modes may be used to confine atoms in stable orbits around a dielectric microsphere. As an example, a toroidal dipole-force trap (atom gallery) for three-level atoms is investigated, and the possibility of achieving an atomic (matter–wave) resonator is discussed. The extremely small electromagnetic mode volumes and high Q’s of the whispering gallery modes should permit a circulating photon to be repeatedly absorbed and reemitted by a trapped whispering atom.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: December 12, 1993
Published: May 15, 1994

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H. Mabuchi and H. J. Kimble, "Atom galleries for whispering atoms: binding atoms in stable orbits around an optical resonator," Opt. Lett. 19, 749-751 (1994)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-19-10-749

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