Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar

Single Atom Wants to Meet Single Photon

Professor Dieter Meschede
Institute for Applied Physics
University of Bonn, Germany

We are currently learning to control single neutral atoms with all degrees of freedom, both internal and external. Furthermore we have developed an "optical conveyor belt" which allows us to transport neutral atoms with sub micrometer precision over cm distances with high efficiency and without significant loss of coherence. Injection of an exact number of neutral atoms should open the way to implement concepts of optical cavity QED for quantum information processing. The interaction of 1 or 2 atoms with a single virtual or real photon are at the heart of such processes.

Friday, November 1, 2002
2:00 PM
Gant Science Complex
Physics Department
Room P121


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