Single atom imaging with an sCMOS camera

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Single atom imaging requires discrimination of weak photon count events above background and has typically been performed using either EMCCD cameras, photomultiplier tubes or single photon counting modules. sCMOS provides a cost effective and highly scalable alternative to other single atom imaging technologies, offering fast readout and larger sensor dimensions. We demonstrate the first single atom resolved imaging of two site-addressable single atom traps separated by 10 μm using an sCMOS camera, offering a competitive signal-to-noise ratio at intermediate count rates to allow high fidelity readout discrimination (error < 10−6) and sub-μm spatial resolution for applications in quantum technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number164102
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2017


  • single atom imaging
  • single photon counting modules
  • single atom traps



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Pritchard, J. (Creator), Picken, C. J. (Creator) & LEGAIE, R. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 11 Sep 2017



Quantum Technology Fellowship

Pritchard, Jonathan (Recipient), 9 Jun 2015

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