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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 1996
  • pp: 1393–1395

Real-time detection of individual atoms falling through a high-finesse optical cavity

H. Mabuchi, Q. A. Turchette, M. S. Chapman, and H. J. Kimble  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 17, pp. 1393-1395 (1996)

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The enhanced coupling between atoms and photons inside a high-finesse optical cavity provides a novel basis for optical measurements that continuously monitor atomic degrees of freedom. We describe an experiment in which cavity quantum-electrodynamic effects are utilized for real-time detection of individual atoms falling through an optical cavity after being dropped from a magneto-optical trap. Our technique permits experiments that are triggered by the presence of a single optimally coupled atom within the cavity mode volume.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 22, 1996
Published: September 1, 1996

H. Mabuchi, Q. A. Turchette, M. S. Chapman, and H. J. Kimble, "Real-time detection of individual atoms falling through a high-finesse optical cavity," Opt. Lett. 21, 1393-1395 (1996)

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