Single-atom detection using whispering-gallery modes of microdisk resonators

Michael Rosenblit, Peter Horak, Steve Helsby, Ron Folman

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The possibility of using dielectric microdisk resonators for the optical detection of single atoms trapped and cooled in magnetic micortraps was investigated. The bound and evanescent fields of optical whispering gallery modes were calculated. Finite-difference time-domain solutions of the Maxwell's equation were used for the purpose of analysis. Atom detection efficiencies and the feasibility of nondestructive measurements were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number053808
Pages (from-to)053808-1-053808-10
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5 B
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2004


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