The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 21–32 | Cite as

Quantum jumps induced by the center-of-mass motion of a trapped atom

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Abstract.

We theoretically study the occurrence of quantum jumps in the resonance fluorescence of a trapped atom. Here, the atom is laser cooled in a configuration of level such that the occurrence of a quantum jump is associated to a change of the vibrational center-of-mass motion by one phonon. The statistics of the occurrence of the dark fluorescence period is studied as a function of the physical parameters and the corresponding features in the spectrum of resonance fluorescence are identified. We discuss the information which can be extracted on the atomic motion from the observation of a quantum jump in the considered setup.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Torres
    • 1
  • M. Bienert
    • 2
  • S. Zippilli
    • 3
    • 4
  • G. Morigi
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMorelosMexico
  2. 2.Abteilung für Theoretische Quantenmechanik, Universität des SaarlandesSaarbrückenGermany
  3. 3.Departament de FísicaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterraSpain
  4. 4.Fachbereich Physik and research center OPTIMAS, Technische Universität KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

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