Individual laser-cooled atoms are delivered on-demand from a single atom magneto-optic trap to a high-finesse optical cavity using an optical conveyor. Strong coupling of the atom with the cavity field allows simultaneous cooling and detection of individual atoms for time scales exceeding 15 s. We demonstrate the ability to manipulate the position of a single atom relative to the cavity mode with excellent control and reproducibility.

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