Cavity QED with single atoms and photons

T. E. Northup, K. M. Birnbaum, A. Boca, A. D. Boozer, J. McKeever, R. Miller, H. J. Kimble

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Recent experimental advances in the field of cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED) have opened new possibilities for control of atom-photon interactions. A laser with "one and the same atom" demonstrates the theory of laser operation pressed to its conceptual limit. The generation of single photons on demand and the realization of cavity QED with well defined atomic numbers N = 0, 1, 2,... both represent important steps toward realizing diverse protocols in quantum information science. Coherent manipulation of the atomic state via Raman transitions provides a new tool in cavity QED for in situ monitoring and control of the atom-cavity system. All of these achievements share a common point of departure: the regime of strong coupling. It is thus interesting to consider briefly the history of the strong coupling criterion in cavity QED and to trace out the path that research has taken in the pursuit of this goal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationATOMIC PHYSICS 19
Subtitle of host publicationXIX International Conference on Atomic Physics, ICAP 2004
Number of pages10
StatePublished - May 5 2005
EventATOMIC PHYSICS 19: XIX International Conference on Atomic Physics, ICAP 2004 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Jul 25 2004Jul 30 2004

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceATOMIC PHYSICS 19: XIX International Conference on Atomic Physics, ICAP 2004
CityRio de Janeiro

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • Particle traps
  • Quantum optics
  • Raman spectra


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