Dispersive detection of radio-frequency-dressed states

Jammi, Sindhu, Pyragius, Tadas, Bason, Mark G, Florez, Hans Marin and Fernholz, Thomas (2018) Dispersive detection of radio-frequency-dressed states. Physical Review A, 97 (4). ISSN 2469-9926

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We introduce amethod to dispersively detect alkali-metal atoms in radio-frequency-dressed states. In particular, we use dressed detection tomeasure populations and population differences of atoms prepared in their clock states. Linear birefringence of the atomic medium enables atom number detection via polarization homodyning, a form of common path interferometry. In order to achieve low technical noise levels, we perform optical sideband detection after adiabatic transformation of bare states into dressed states. The balanced homodyne signal then oscillates independently of field fluctuations at twice the dressing frequency, thus allowing for robust, phase-locked detection that circumvents low-frequency noise. Using probe pulses of two optical frequencies, we can detect both clock states simultaneously and obtain population difference as well as the total atom number. The scheme also allows for difference measurements by direct subtraction of the homodyne signals at the balanced detector, which should technically enable quantum noise limited measurements with prospects for the preparation of spin squeezed states. The method extends to other Zeeman sublevels and can be employed in a range of atomic clock schemes, atom interferometers, and other experiments using dressed atoms.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Billy Wichaidit
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 09:00
Last Modified: 29 May 2018 09:00
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/76097

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