We recently demonstrated a new experimental platform for trapping and optically interfacing laser-cooled ce-
sium atoms . The scheme uses a two-color evanescent ﬁeld surrounding an optical nanoﬁber to localize the
atoms in a one-dimensional optical lattice 200 nm above the nanoﬁber surface. At the same time, the atoms are
efﬁciently interrogated with light which is sent through the nanoﬁber. Remarkably, an ensemble of 2000 trapped
atoms yields an optical depth of up to 32, equivalent to 1.6 % absorbance per atom. Moreover, when dispersively
interfacing the atoms, the nanoﬁber-guided light experiences a phase shift of ~ 1 mrad per atom at a detuning of
six times the natural linewidth . Finally, we recently showed that ground state coherence times in the range
of milliseconds can be achieved in our nanoﬁber-based atom trap . This constitutes a decisive result towards
establishing nanoﬁber-based quantum interfaces as practical building blocks in an optical ﬁber quantum network.
In particular, they pave the way towards the realization of fully ﬁber-integrated quantum memories which could
also be operated as highly efﬁcient photon number-resolving detectors.
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 S. T. Dawkins et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 243601 (2011).
 D. Reitz et al., arXiv:1302.4792 (2013).
A coffee break will be served at 11h00. The seminar will be given in English.