Optically imprinted Rydberg lattice

T. Johri, Y. van der Werf, B. Hoekstra, S.J.J.M.F. Kokkelmans, E.J.D. Vredenbregt, A. Borschevsky

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Creating ultracold Rydberg atoms in lattices imprinted with a spatial light modulator offers the possibility to simulate quantum processes. Strong dipole forces between Rydberg atoms provide the required correlations between lattice sites. With a high
ground-state atomic density per lattice site, blockade phenomenon may induce single Rydberg atom occupancy per lattice site.
Readout of resulting patterns requires single-atom detection with spatial resolution. The grand challenge is to create systems of
interacting Rydberg atoms with scalability.
So far, we have achieved spatial imaging of Rydberg atoms using ion optics and incorporated in-vacuo aberration correction for
imprinted light patterns. Presently, we are studying the effect of dipole blockade on Rydberg excitation statistics. For this we
have set up a tuneable Rydberg excitation laser system using an ultra stable reference. Measurements of spatial correlation functions
show that achieving a blockade radius of 10 μm is possible. Combined with a dark-spot MOT, this is sufficient to achieve
precisely one Rydberg atom per lattice site.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2016
Event40th Annual Meeting of the section Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics - Conference Center De Werelt , Lunteren, Netherlands
Duration: 11 Oct 201612 Oct 2016
Conference number: 40


Conference40th Annual Meeting of the section Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics


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