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

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 

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© 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

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