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Optical Tweezers: Single Photons Trap A Single Atom

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March 24, 2000
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Max Planck Society
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A research group at the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching has generated a bound state between an individual atom and single light quanta (Nature, March 23, 2000). The scientists have observed the motion of the trapped atom in real time. Fundamental questions concerning the mechanical interaction of light with matter can now be investigated. The results find applications in the interdisciplinary research field of quantum information processing.

Transmission of single quantum bits via controlled emission of light quanta feasible


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