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Cooling of a Single Atom in an Optical Trap Inside a Resonator



S J. van Enk, J McKeever, H J. Kimble, Jun Ye


We present detailed discussions of cooling and trapping mechanisms for an atom in an optical trap inside an optical cavity, as relevant to recent experiments. The interference pattern of cavity QED and trapping fields in space makes the trapping wells distinguishable from one another This adds considerable flexibility to creating effective trapping and cooling conditions and to detection possibilities. Friction and diffusion coefficients are calculated in and beyond the low excitation limit and full 3-D simulations of the quasi-classical i-notion of a Cs atom are performed.
Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics)


atom cooling, cavity QED, high finesse resonator, optical dipole trap


van Enk, S. , McKeever, J. , Kimble, H. and Ye, J. (2001), Cooling of a Single Atom in an Optical Trap Inside a Resonator, Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics) (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created June 30, 2001, Updated October 12, 2021