Schematic of an atom emitting light and recoiling in free space and in the vicinity of an optical nanofiber.

12 Oct 2018
Ipsita Herlekar

When an atom is placed close to the surface of an optical nanofiber, the light it emits and the recoil it experiences are in a well-defined direction along the fiber. Without the nanofiber the emission and the recoil are in random directions.

Credit: 
Light-Matter Interactions Unit-Quantum Systems Unit, OIST.

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