Towards hybrid quantum systems: Trapping a single atom near a nanoscale solid-state structure

T. G. Tiecke, J. D. Thompson, J. Feist, A. Akimov, A. Zibrov, V. Vuletić, M. D. Lukin

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We describe and demonstrate a method to deterministically trap single atoms near nanoscale solid-state objects. The trap is formed by the interference of an optical tweezer and its reflection from the nano object, creating a one-dimensional optical lattice where the first lattice site is at z0 ∼ λ/4 from the surface. Using a tapered optical fiber as the nanoscopic object, we characterize the loading into different lattice sites by means of the AC-Stark shift induced by a guided fiber mode. We demonstrate a loading efficiency of 94(6)% into the first lattice site, and measure the cooperativity for the emission of the atom into the guided mode of the nanofiber. We show that by tailoring the dimensions of the nanofiber the distance of the trap to the surface can be adjusted. This method is applicable to a large variety of nanostructures and represents a promising starting point for interfacing single atoms with arbitrary nanoscale solid-state systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number03002
JournalEPJ Web of Conferences
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd International Conference on Atomic Physics, ICAP 2012 - Palaiseau, France
Duration: Jul 23 2012Jul 27 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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