Cavity cooling of a single atom

  title={Cavity cooling of a single atom},
  author={Peter Maunz and Thomas Puppe and Ildik{\'o} Schuster and N. Syassen and P. W. H. Pinkse and Gerhard Rempe},
  journal={InternationalQuantum Electronics Conference, 2004. (IQEC).},
All conventional methods to laser-cool atoms rely on repeated cycles of optical pumping and spontaneous emission of a photon by the atom. Spontaneous emission in a random direction provides the dissipative mechanism required to remove entropy from the atom. However, alternative cooling methods have been proposed for a single atom strongly coupled to a high-finesse cavity; the role of spontaneous emission is replaced by the escape of a photon from the cavity. Application of such cooling schemes… CONTINUE READING
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