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Clocked atom delivery to a photonic crystal waveguide

Burgers, A. P. and Peng, L. S. and Muniz, J. A. and McClung, A. C. and Martin, M. J. and Kimble, H. J. (2019) Clocked atom delivery to a photonic crystal waveguide. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116 (2). pp. 456-465. ISSN 0027-8424. PMCID PMC6329977. doi:10.1073/pnas.1817249115.

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Experiments and numerical simulations are described that develop quantitative understanding of atomic motion near the surfaces of nanoscopic photonic crystal waveguides (PCWs). Ultracold atoms are delivered from a moving optical lattice into the PCW. Synchronous with the moving lattice, transmission spectra for a guided-mode probe field are recorded as functions of lattice transport time and frequency detuning of the probe beam. By way of measurements such as these, we have been able to validate quantitatively our numerical simulations, which are based upon detailed understanding of atomic trajectories that pass around and through nanoscopic regions of the PCW under the influence of optical and surface forces. The resolution for mapping atomic motion is roughly 50 nm in space and 100 ns in time. By introducing auxiliary guided-mode (GM) fields that provide spatially varying AC Stark shifts, we have, to some degree, begun to control atomic trajectories, such as to enhance the flux into the central vacuum gap of the PCW at predetermined times and with known AC Stark shifts. Applications of these capabilities include enabling high fractional filling of optical trap sites within PCWs, calibration of optical fields within PCWs, and utilization of the time-dependent, optically dense atomic medium for novel nonlinear optical experiments.

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Additional Information:© 2018 the Author(s). Published by PNAS. This open access article is distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND). Contributed by H. J. Kimble, November 7, 2018 (sent for review October 8, 2018; reviewed by Julien Laurat and Vladan Vuletic). PNAS published ahead of print December 26, 2018. We acknowledge sustained and important interactions with A. Asenjo-Garcia, J. B. Béguin, D. E. Chang and his group, A. Goban, J. D. Hood, C.-L. Hung, J. Lee, X. Luan, Z. Qin, and S.-P. Yu. We carried out the nanofabrication in the Caltech Kavli Nanoscience Institute and clean room of O. J. Painter, whom we gratefully acknowledge. H.J.K. acknowledges funding from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Grant N00014-16-1-2399, the ONR Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Quantum Opto-Mechanics with Atoms and Nanostructured Diamond Grant N00014-15-1-2761, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research MURI Photonic Quantum Matter Grant FA9550-16-1-0323, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant PHY-1205729, and the NSF Institute for Quantum Information and Matter Grant PHY-1125565. Author contributions: A.P.B., L.S.P., J.A.M., M.J.M., and H.J.K. designed research; A.P.B., L.S.P., J.A.M., A.C.M., and M.J.M. performed research; A.P.B., L.S.P., and A.C.M. contributed new reagents/analytic tools; A.P.B. and L.S.P. analyzed data; and A.P.B., L.S.P., and H.J.K. wrote the paper. Reviewers: J.L., Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Sorbonne Université; and V.V., Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The authors declare no conflict of interest. This article contains supporting information online at
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Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)FA9550-16-1-0323
Subject Keywords:nanophotonics; atoms; quantum optics; surface forces
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Official Citation:Clocked atom delivery to a photonic crystal waveguide. A. P. Burgers, L. S. Peng, J. A. Muniz, A. C. McClung, M. J. Martin, H. J. Kimble. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Jan 2019, 116 (2) 456-465; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1817249115
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