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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1371–1373

Wavelength-scale imaging of trapped ions using a phase Fresnel lens

A. Jechow, E. W. Streed, B. G. Norton, M. J. Petrasiunas, and D. Kielpinski  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 8, pp. 1371-1373 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001371


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Abstract

A microfabricated phase Fresnel lens was used to image ytterbium ions trapped in a radio frequency Paul trap. The ions were laser cooled close to the Doppler limit on the 369.5 nm transition, reducing the ion motion so that each ion formed a near point source. By detecting the ion fluorescence on the same transition, near-diffraction- limited imaging with spot sizes of below 440 nm (FWHM) was achieved. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of wavelength-scale imaging of trapped ions and the highest imaging resolution ever achieved with atoms in free space.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(050.1965) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive lenses
(270.5585) Quantum optics : Quantum information and processing
(020.3320) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser cooling

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 27, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 7, 2011
Published: April 8, 2011

Citation
A. Jechow, E. W. Streed, B. G. Norton, M. J. Petrasiunas, and D. Kielpinski, "Wavelength-scale imaging of trapped ions using a phase Fresnel lens," Opt. Lett. 36, 1371-1373 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-8-1371


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