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Observation of normal-mode splitting for an atom in an optical cavity

Thompson, R. J. and Rempe, G. and Kimble, H. J. (1992) Observation of normal-mode splitting for an atom in an optical cavity. Physical Review Letters, 68 (8). pp. 1132-1135. ISSN 0031-9007.

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An investigation of the spectral response of a small collection of two-state atoms strongly coupled to the field of a high-finesse optical resonator is described for mean number N¯≤10 atoms. For weak excitation, a coupling-induced normal-mode splitting is observed even for one intracavity atom, representing a direct spectroscopic measurement of the so-called vacuum Rabi splitting for the atom-cavity system.

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Additional Information:©1992 The American Physical Society Received 4 November 1991 This work was supported by the NSF (Grant No. PHY-9014547), the ONR (Grant No. N00014-90-J-1059), and Venture Research International, and by a Robert A. Millikan Fellowship (G.R.). We gratefully acknowledge the assitance of Q. Turchette.
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