Collective atomic recoil lasing including friction and diffusion effects

G.R.M. Robb, N. Piovella, A. Ferraro, R. Bonifacio, P.W. Courteille, C. Zimmermann

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We extend the collective atomic recoil lasing (CARL) model including the effects of friction and diffusion forces acting on the atoms due to the presence of optical molasses fields. The results from this model are consistent with those from a recent experiment by Kruse et al. [ Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 183601 (2003) ]. In particular, we obtain a threshold condition above which collective backscattering occurs. Using a nonlinear analysis we show that the backscattered field and the bunching evolve to a steady state, in contrast to the nonstationary behavior of the standard CARL model. For a proper choice of the parameters, this steady state can be superfluorescent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)041403-1
Number of pages41402
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004


  • atomic recoil lasing
  • diffusion effects
  • friction
  • optics
  • nonlinear physics

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Robb, G. R. M., Piovella, N., Ferraro, A., Bonifacio, R., Courteille, P. W., & Zimmermann, C. (2004). Collective atomic recoil lasing including friction and diffusion effects. Physical Review A, 69(4), 041403-1.