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Title: Measurement of the separation between atoms beyond diffraction limit

Abstract

Precision measurement of small separations between two atoms or molecules has been of interest since the early days of science. Here, we discuss a scheme which yields spatial information on a system of two identical atoms placed in a standing wave laser field. The information is extracted from the collective resonance fluorescence spectrum, relying entirely on far-field imaging techniques. Both the interatomic separation and the positions of the two particles can be measured with fractional-wavelength precision over a wide range of distances from about {lambda}/550 to {lambda}/2.

Authors:
;  [1];  [1];  [2];  [1];  [3]
  1. Institute for Quantum Studies and Department of Physics, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4242 (United States)
  2. (Germany)
  3. (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20786837
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. A; Journal Volume: 73; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.73.031803; (c) 2006 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; ACCURACY; ATOMS; DIFFRACTION; DISTANCE; EMISSION SPECTRA; LASER RADIATION; MOLECULES; RESONANCE FLUORESCENCE; STANDING WAVES; WAVELENGTHS

Citation Formats

Chang, J.-T., Suhail Zubairy, M., Evers, Joerg, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Saupfercheckweg 1, D-69117 Heidelberg, Scully, Marlan O., and Princeton Institute for Materials Research, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1009. Measurement of the separation between atoms beyond diffraction limit. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.73.0.
Chang, J.-T., Suhail Zubairy, M., Evers, Joerg, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Saupfercheckweg 1, D-69117 Heidelberg, Scully, Marlan O., & Princeton Institute for Materials Research, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1009. Measurement of the separation between atoms beyond diffraction limit. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.73.0.
Chang, J.-T., Suhail Zubairy, M., Evers, Joerg, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Saupfercheckweg 1, D-69117 Heidelberg, Scully, Marlan O., and Princeton Institute for Materials Research, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1009. Wed . "Measurement of the separation between atoms beyond diffraction limit". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.73.0.
@article{osti_20786837,
title = {Measurement of the separation between atoms beyond diffraction limit},
author = {Chang, J.-T. and Suhail Zubairy, M. and Evers, Joerg and Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, Saupfercheckweg 1, D-69117 Heidelberg and Scully, Marlan O. and Princeton Institute for Materials Research, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1009},
abstractNote = {Precision measurement of small separations between two atoms or molecules has been of interest since the early days of science. Here, we discuss a scheme which yields spatial information on a system of two identical atoms placed in a standing wave laser field. The information is extracted from the collective resonance fluorescence spectrum, relying entirely on far-field imaging techniques. Both the interatomic separation and the positions of the two particles can be measured with fractional-wavelength precision over a wide range of distances from about {lambda}/550 to {lambda}/2.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVA.73.0},
journal = {Physical Review. A},
number = 3,
volume = 73,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 2006}
}