Single atoms in a standing-wave dipole trap

W Alt, D Schrader, S Kuhr, M Muller, V Gomer, D Meschede

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We trap a single cesium atom in a standing-wave optical dipole trap. Special experimental procedures, designed to work with single atoms, are used to measure the oscillation frequency and the atomic energy distribution in the dipole trap. These methods rely on unambiguously detecting presence or loss of the atom using its resonance fluorescence in the magneto-optical trap.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033403
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003


  • single atoms
  • standing-wave dipole trap
  • single cesium atom
  • oscillation frequency
  • atomic energy distribution


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