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Observation of a single atom in a magneto-optical trap

Hu, Z. and Kimble, H. J. (1994) Observation of a single atom in a magneto-optical trap. Optics Letters, 19 (22). pp. 1888-1890. ISSN 0146-9592. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:HUZol94

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Abstract

Fluorescence from Cs atoms in a magneto-optical trap is detected under conditions of very low atomic density. Discrete steps are observed in the fluorescent signal versus time and are associated with the arrival and departure of individual trapped atoms. Histograms of the frequency of occurrence of a given level of fluorescence exhibit a series of uniformly spaced peaks that are attributed to the presence of N = 0, 1, 2 atoms in the trap.


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Additional Information:© 1994 Optical Society of America Received June 7, 1994 We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of J. W. R. Tabosa and M. P. Winters to this research, which is supported in part by the U.S. Army Research Office.
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