Unity occupation of sites in a 3D optical lattice

Marshall T. De Pue, Colin Mc Cormick, S. Lukman Winoto, Steven Oliver, David S. Weiss

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An average filling factor of one atom per lattice site has been obtained in a submicron scale far-off-resonance optical lattice (FORL). High site occupation is obtained through a compression sequence that includes laser cooling in a 3D FORL and adiabatic toggling between the 3D FORL and a 1D FORL trap. After the highest filling factor is achieved, laser cooling causes collisional loss from lattice sites with more than one atom. Ultimately 44% of the sites have a single atom cooled to near its vibrational ground state. A theoretical model of site occupation based on Poisson statistics agrees well with the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2262-2265
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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