Single-atom interference method for generating Fock states

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An atomic interference method is presented that can be used to construct arbitrary superpositions of coherent states with equal mean photon number in a single-mode cavity by sending only one atom through the apparatus. The method is suitable to generate any quantum state that has a one-dimensional coherent state representation on a circle in phase space. This method is demonstrated in the case of generating Fock states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3340-3344
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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