Spontaneous emission lifetime of a single trapped Ca(+) ion in a high finesse cavity.

  title={Spontaneous emission lifetime of a single trapped Ca(+) ion in a high finesse cavity.},
  author={Alexander Kreuter and Christoph Becher and Giulio Pagani Lancaster and A. B. Mundt and Carlos Russo and Hartmut H{\"a}ffner and Ch. Roos and J{\"u}rgen Eschner and Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler and R. Blatt},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={92 20},
We investigate the spontaneous emission lifetime of a single trapped (40)Ca+ ion placed at different positions in the vacuum standing wave inside a high finesse cavity which is stabilized to the atomic transition. The lifetime is measured by quantum state detection after pi-pulse excitation. The result for the natural lifetime of the D(5/2) metastable state of 1161(22) ms agrees, within 1 standard deviation, with the most precise published value. We observe a reduction of the spontaneous… CONTINUE READING

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