Classical and quantum collective recoil lasing: a tutorial

Nicola Piovella, Angel Tarramera Gisbert, Gordon R. M. Robb

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Abstract

Collective atomic recoil lasing (CARL) is a process during which an ensemble of cold atoms, driven by a far-detuned laser beam, spontaneously organize themselves in periodic structures on the scale of the optical wavelength. The principle was envisaged by R. Bonifacio in 1994 and, ten years later, observed in a series of experiments in Tübingen by C. Zimmermann and colleagues. Here, we review the basic model of CARL in the classical and in the quantum regime.

Original languageEnglish
Article number40
Number of pages21
JournalAtoms
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • collective scattering
  • cold atoms
  • superradiance

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