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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2006
  • pp: 268–270

Detecting magnetically guided atoms with an optical cavity

Albrecht Haase, Björn Hessmo, and Jörg Schmiedmayer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp. 268-270 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000268


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Abstract

We show that a low-finesse cavity can be efficient for detecting neutral atoms. The low finesse can be compensated for by decreasing the mode waist of the cavity. We have used a near-concentric resonator with a beam waist of 12 μ m and a finesse of only 1100 to detect magnetically guided Rb atoms with a detection sensitivity of 0.1 atom in the mode volume. For future experiments on single-atom detection and cavity QED applications, it should be beneficial to use miniaturized optical resonators integrated on atom chips.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.5580) Atomic and molecular physics : Quantum electrodynamics
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

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Albrecht Haase, Björn Hessmo, and Jörg Schmiedmayer, "Detecting magnetically guided atoms with an optical cavity," Opt. Lett. 31, 268-270 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-2-268

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