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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2014
  • pp: 446–449

One-dimensional ultracold medium of extreme optical depth

Frank Blatt, Thomas Halfmann, and Thorsten Peters  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 3, pp. 446-449 (2014)

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We report on the preparation of a one-dimensional ultracold medium in a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber, reaching an effective optical depth of 1000(150). We achieved this extreme optical depth by transferring atoms from a magneto-optical trap into a far-detuned optical dipole trap inside the hollow-core fiber, yielding up to 2.5(3)×105 atoms inside the core with a loading efficiency of 2.5(6)%. The preparation of an ultracold medium of such huge optical depth paves the way toward new applications in quantum optics and nonlinear optics.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers
(020.3320) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser cooling

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 13, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 18, 2013
Published: January 20, 2014

Frank Blatt, Thomas Halfmann, and Thorsten Peters, "One-dimensional ultracold medium of extreme optical depth," Opt. Lett. 39, 446-449 (2014)

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