Mode-locked Bloch oscillations in a ring cavity

M Samoylova, N Piovella, D Hunter, G R M Robb, R Bachelard, Ph W Courteille

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We present a new technique for stabilizing and monitoring Bloch oscillations of ultracold atoms in an optical lattice under the action of a constant external force. In the proposed scheme, the atoms also interact with a unidirectionally pumped optical ring cavity whose one arm is collinear with the optical lattice. For weak collective coupling, Bloch oscillations dominate over the collective atomic recoil lasing instability and develop a synchronized regime in which the atoms periodically exchange momentum with the cavity field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126005
Number of pages7
JournalLaser Physics Letters
Issue number12
Early online date12 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


  • Bloch oscillations
  • ring cavity
  • ultracold atoms


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