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Trapping and Manipulation of Isolated Atoms Using Nanoscale Plasmonic Structures

Chang, D. E. and Thompson, J. D. and Park, H. and Vuletić, V. and Zibrov, A. S. and Zoller, P. and Lukin, M. D. (2009) Trapping and Manipulation of Isolated Atoms Using Nanoscale Plasmonic Structures. Physical Review Letters, 103 (12). Art. No. 123004. ISSN 0031-9007.

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We propose and analyze a scheme to interface individual neutral atoms with nanoscale solid-state systems. The interface is enabled by optically trapping the atom via the strong near-field generated by a sharp metallic nanotip. We show that under realistic conditions, a neutral atom can be trapped with position uncertainties of just a few nanometers, and within tens of nanometers of other surfaces. Simultaneously, the guided surface plasmon modes of the nanotip allow the atom to be optically manipulated, or for fluorescence photons to be collected, with very high efficiency. Finally, we analyze the surface forces, heating and decoherence rates acting on the trapped atom.

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Additional Information:©2009 The American Physical Society. Received 26 May 2009; published 17 September 2009. This work was supported by the NSF, Harvard-MIT CUA, DARPA, Packard Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Caltech’s Center for the Physics of Information, the Austrian Science Fund, and EU Projects.
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Issue or Number:12
Classification Code:37.10.Gh Atom traps and guides; 42.50.-p Quantum optics; 73.20.Mf Collective excitations (surface/interface states); 78.67.Bf Optical properties of nanocrystals and nanoparticles
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Official Citation:Trapping and Manipulation of Isolated Atoms Using Nanoscale Plasmonic Structures D. E. Chang, J. D. Thompson, H. Park, V. Vuletic, A. S. Zibrov, P. Zoller, and M. D. Lukin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 123004 (2009), DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.123004
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