Laser experiments with single atoms as a test of basic physics Academic Article uri icon


  • Two experiments with single atoms are reviewed. In the first experiment, the interaction of a single Rydberg atom with a single mode of the electromagnetic field was investigated. The quantum collapse and revivals of the atomic inversion predicted by the Jaynes-Cummings model could be demonstrated for the first time. In the second experiment, a single atomic ion stored in a radio frequency trap was probed by resonance fluorescence. In the fluorescent light, antibunching and sub-Poissonian photon statistics could be detected. Furthermore, crystallization and evaporation of few ions in a trap were observed since the stored ions can be cooled by the laser light and heated by the radiofrequency field of the trap. 1988 IEEE.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics

author list (cited authors)

  • Diedrich, F., Krause, J., Rempe, G., Scully, M. O., & Walther, H.

citation count

  • 71

complete list of authors

  • Diedrich, F||Krause, J||Rempe, G||Scully, MO||Walther, H

publication date

  • July 1988