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Atom optics

Marriage of atoms and plasmons

The interaction between atoms in a Bose–Einstein condensate and plasmon-enhanced fields is a step towards the goal of realizing hybrid atom–polariton systems for tasks in quantum information processing.

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Figure 1: Stehle et al. used a microstructured thin gold film on the surface of a prism (left) to diffract a cloud of Bose–Einstein condensate atoms.


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Shaffer, J. Marriage of atoms and plasmons. Nature Photon 5, 451–452 (2011).

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