Submicrometer position control of single trapped neutral atoms

I Dotsenko, W Alt, M Khudaverdyan, S Kuhr, D Meschede, Y Miroshnychenko, D Schrader, A Rauschenbeutel

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Abstract

We optically detect the positions of single neutral cesium atoms stored in a standing wave dipole trap with a subwavelength resolution of 143 nm rms. The distance between two simultaneously trapped atoms is measured with an even higher precision of 36 nm rms. We resolve the discreteness of the interatomic distances due to the 532 nm spatial period of the standing wave potential and infer the exact number of trapping potential wells separating the atoms. Finally, combining an initial position detection with a controlled transport, we place single atoms at a predetermined position along the trap axis to within 300 nm rms.

LanguageEnglish
Article number033002
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume95
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2005

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Keywords

  • submicrometer position control
  • single trapped neutral atoms
  • single neutral cesium atoms
  • standing wave dipole trap
  • subwavelength resolution

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Dotsenko, I., Alt, W., Khudaverdyan, M., Kuhr, S., Meschede, D., Miroshnychenko, Y., ... Rauschenbeutel, A. (2005). Submicrometer position control of single trapped neutral atoms. Physical Review Letters, 95(3), [033002]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.033002
Dotsenko, I ; Alt, W ; Khudaverdyan, M ; Kuhr, S ; Meschede, D ; Miroshnychenko, Y ; Schrader, D ; Rauschenbeutel, A . / Submicrometer position control of single trapped neutral atoms. In: Physical Review Letters. 2005 ; Vol. 95, No. 3.
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Dotsenko, I, Alt, W, Khudaverdyan, M, Kuhr, S, Meschede, D, Miroshnychenko, Y, Schrader, D & Rauschenbeutel, A 2005, 'Submicrometer position control of single trapped neutral atoms' Physical Review Letters, vol. 95, no. 3, 033002. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.033002

Submicrometer position control of single trapped neutral atoms. / Dotsenko, I ; Alt, W ; Khudaverdyan, M ; Kuhr, S ; Meschede, D ; Miroshnychenko, Y ; Schrader, D ; Rauschenbeutel, A .

In: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 95, No. 3, 033002, 15.07.2005.

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Dotsenko I, Alt W, Khudaverdyan M, Kuhr S, Meschede D, Miroshnychenko Y et al. Submicrometer position control of single trapped neutral atoms. Physical Review Letters. 2005 Jul 15;95(3). 033002. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.95.033002