Generation of mesoscopic superpositions of two squeezed states of motion for a trapped ion

Shih-Chuan Gou, J. Steinbach, P. L. Knight

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We propose a scheme to generate mesoscopic superpositions of two squeezed states of motion using a highly anisotropic two-dimensional trap in which the ion's motion is tightly bound in the Y direction. In our scheme, the ion is driven multichromatically by three codirectional laser beams along the X axis, as well as a resonant laser beam along the Y axis. We show that, with the appropriate chosen initial states, the desired states of motion are realized in the X direction when the system reaches its steady state, which is indicated by the extinction of the fluorescence from the ion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3719-3723
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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