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Atoms on Demand: Fast, Deterministic Production of Single Cr Atoms

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Author(s)

S Hill, Jabez J. McClelland

Abstract

We have realized a method for producing single Cr atoms on demand by suppressing the stochastic nature of the loading and loss processes of a magneto-optic trap. We observe single-atom trap occupation probabilities as high as (98.7 {plus or minus} 0.1)% and demonstrate ejection with greater than 90% efficiency at rates up to 10 Hz. Monte Carlo simulations agree well with extraction measurements and are used to predict ultimate performance. Such a deterministic atom source has potential applications in nanotechnology, quantum information processing, and fundamental quantum investigations.
Citation
Applied Physics Letters
Volume
82
Issue
18

Keywords

atom on demand, chromium, cold atoms, deterministic atom source, laser cooling, magneto-optical trap, single atom source
Created May 5, 2003, Updated February 19, 2017