Slowing atoms using optical cavities pumped by phase-modulated light

M. Hemmerling, G. R. M. Robb

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We theoretically investigate the possibility of slowing and cooling a collisionless atomic gas using a phase-modulated pump field. We consider a single-pump ring cavity with asymmetric cavity losses containing a beam of N polarizable pointlike particles. We show using analytical and numerical analysis that different regimes of the atom-light interaction can be identified and for properly chosen parameters this can lead to effective slowing of the atomic ensemble.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2010


  • recoil laser
  • ring laser
  • atom-light interaction
  • atomic ensemble
  • phase-modulated pump field


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