Applied Physics B

, Volume 89, Issue 4, pp 489–492 | Cite as

Design of a mode converter for efficient light-atom coupling in free space

  • M. Sondermann
  • R. Maiwald
  • H. Konermann
  • N. Lindlein
  • U. Peschel
  • G. Leuchs
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Abstract

In this article, we describe how to develop a mode converter that transforms a plane electromagnetic wave into an inward-moving dipole wave. The latter one is intended to bring a single atom or ion from its ground state to an excited state by absorption of a single photon wave packet with near-100% efficiency.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Sondermann
    • 1
  • R. Maiwald
    • 1
  • H. Konermann
    • 1
  • N. Lindlein
    • 1
  • U. Peschel
    • 1
  • G. Leuchs
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics, Max Planck Research GroupUniversity of Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany

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