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Trapping Rydberg atoms in optical lattices

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Georg Raithel, Kelly C. Younge, Sarah E. Anderson

Univ. of Michigan (USA)

Brenton Knuffman

National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA)

Proc. SPIE 7993, ICONO 2010: International Conference on Coherent and Nonlinear Optics, 799313 (January 10, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.882209
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  • ICONO 2010: International Conference on Coherent and Nonlinear Optics
  • Kazan, Russian Federation | August 23, 2010

abstract

We study Rydberg atoms in ponderomotive optical lattices. Unlike for ground-state atoms, for Rydberg atoms in an optical lattice the extent of the electronic wave-function can approach the lattice period. This leads to state-dependent adiabatic trapping potentials that are unique to Rydberg atoms. We first discuss a theoretical model of adiabatic lattice potentials of Rydberg atoms. Then, we use microwave spectroscopy to experimentally demonstrate and investigate the state-dependence of the adiabatic potentials of S1/2 Rydberg states of rubidium. The observed microwave spectra depend strongly on both the principal quantum number and the depth of the lattice. A semi-classical simulation is used to explain the features seen in the spectra. Based on the results, we estimate the trapping efficiency of the ponderomotive optical lattice.

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Georg Raithel ; Kelly C. Younge ; Sarah E. Anderson and Brenton Knuffman
"Trapping Rydberg atoms in optical lattices", Proc. SPIE 7993, ICONO 2010: International Conference on Coherent and Nonlinear Optics, 799313 (January 10, 2011); doi:10.1117/12.882209; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.882209


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