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Microwave Electrometry with Rydberg Atoms in Vapor Cells

May 18, 2016 - 11:00am
Haoquan Fan
University of Oklahoma

In this talk, I will present an atom-based method to detect absolute microwave (MW) electric fields (E-fields) which uses Rydberg atoms at room temperature in vapor cells. The method utilizes a bright resonance prepared within an electromagnetically induced transparency window. The large transition dipole moments between energetically adjacent Rydberg states enable this method to perform traceable E-field measurements with a sensitivity that is several orders of magnitude higher than the current standard for MW E-fields. The Rydberg atom-based method is promising to be a new standard of MW E-field measurements and to develop into portable devices for applications of MW technologies.

PSC 2136
College Park, MD 20742

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