The European Physical Journal D

, 66:190

Generation of a wave packet tailored to efficient free space excitation of a single atom

  • A. Golla
  • B. Chalopin
  • M. Bader
  • I. Harder
  • K. Mantel
  • R. Maiwald
  • N. Lindlein
  • M. Sondermann
  • G. Leuchs
Regular Article

DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2012-30293-y

Cite this article as:
Golla, A., Chalopin, B., Bader, M. et al. Eur. Phys. J. D (2012) 66: 190. doi:10.1140/epjd/e2012-30293-y

Abstract

We demonstrate the generation of an optical dipole wave suitable for the process of efficiently coupling single quanta of light and matter in free space. We employ a parabolic mirror for the conversion of a transverse beam mode to a focused dipole wave and show the required spatial and temporal shaping of the mode incident onto the mirror. The results include a proof of principle correction of the parabolic mirror’s aberrations. For the application of exciting an atom with a single photon pulse, we demonstrate the creation of a suitable temporal pulse envelope. We infer coupling strengths of 89% and success probabilities of up to 87% for the application of exciting a single atom for the current experimental parameters.

Keywords

Quantum Optics

Copyright information

© EDP Sciences, SIF, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Golla
    • 1
    • 2
  • B. Chalopin
    • 2
    • 3
  • M. Bader
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. Harder
    • 2
  • K. Mantel
    • 2
  • R. Maiwald
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. Lindlein
    • 1
  • M. Sondermann
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Leuchs
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Optics, Information and PhotonicsUniversity of Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for the Science of LightErlangenGermany
  3. 3.Laboratoire Collisions Agrégats Réactivité, UMR5589Université Paul SabatierToulouse Cedex 09France