Coupling a single trapped atom to a nanoscale optical cavity

J. D. Thompson, T. G. Tiecke, N. P. De Leon, J. Feist, A. V. Akimov, M. Gullans, A. S. Zibrov, V. Vuletić, M. D. Lukin

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Hybrid quantum devices, in which dissimilar quantum systems are combined in order to attain qualities not available with either system alone, may enable far-reaching control in quantum measurement, sensing, and information processing. A paradigmatic example is trapped ultracold atoms, which offer excellent quantum coherent properties, coupled to nanoscale solid-state systems, which allow for strong interactions. We demonstrate a deterministic interface between a single trapped rubidium atom and a nanoscale photonic crystal cavity. Precise control over the atom's position allows us to probe the cavity near-field with a resolution below the diffraction limit and to observe large atom-photon coupling. This approach may enable the realization of integrated, strongly coupled quantum nano-optical circuits.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1202-1205
Number of pages4
Issue number6137
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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