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Probing Bloch oscillations using a slow-light sensor

  • Pei-Chen Kuan , Chang Huang and Shau-Yu Lan ORCID logo EMAIL logo


We implement slow-light under electromagnetically induced transparency condition to measure the motion of cold atoms in an optical lattice undergoing Bloch oscillation. The motion of atoms is mapped out through the phase shift of light without perturbing the external and internal state of the atoms. Our results can be used to construct a continuous motional sensor of cold atoms.

Corresponding author: Shau-Yu Lan, Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore637371, Singapore, E-mail:

Funding source: Singapore Ministry of Education

Award Identifier / Grant number: MOE2017-T2-2-066

Award Identifier / Grant number: NRFF2013-12


This work is supported by Singapore National Research Foundation under Grant No. NRFF2013-12 and Singapore Ministry of Education under Grants No. MOE2017-T2-2-066.

  1. Author contribution: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

  2. Research funding: This work is supported by Singapore National Research Foundation under Grant No. NRFF2013-12 and Singapore Ministry of Education under Grants No. MOE2017-T2-2-066.

  3. Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding this article.


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Received: 2020-06-11
Accepted: 2020-08-20
Published Online: 2019-09-07
Published in Print: 2020-11-26

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