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We study the transverse self-structuring of cold atomic clouds with effective atomic interactions mediated by a coherent driving beam retroreflected by means of a single mirror. The resulting self-structuring due to optomechanical forces is much richer than that of an effective-Kerr medium, displaying hexagonal, stripe and honeycomb phases depending on the interaction strength parametrized by the linear susceptibility. Phase domains are described by Ginzburg-Landau amplitude equations with real coefficients. In the stripe phase the system recovers inversion symmetry. Moreover, the subcritical character of the honeycomb phase allows for light-density feedback solitons functioning as self-sustained dark atomic traps with motion controlled by phase gradients in the driving beam.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 21 May 2021|
- angular momentum of light
- cold atoms and matter waves
- nonlinear optics
- pattern formation
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Collective effects and optomechanics in ultra-cold matter (ColOpt) (H2020 MCSA ETN)
Ackemann, T., Griffin, P., Oppo, G., Robb, G. & Yao, A.
European Commission - Horizon 2020
1/01/17 → 31/12/20