C. Chardonnet et G. Millot
J. Phys. IV France 135 (2006) 301-302
Manipulating single atoms in microscopic dipole traps: A new generation apparatusY.R.P. Sortais, A.M. Lance, G. Messin, A. Browaeys and P. Grangier
Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique, UMR CNRS 8501, Centre Scientifique, Bât. 503, 91403 Orsay, France
(Published online 23 November 2006)
We have built a new apparatus in order to manipulate single 87Rb atoms for quantum computing. Single atoms will be loaded from a cold vapor into a microscopic dipole trap. Tests of the cooling system are under progress and first fluorescence signals have been observed in the magneto-optical trap. A high numerical aperture objective has been designed to perform tight focusing of the trapping light as well as high efficiency collection of the single atom fluorescence.
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