Collapse of atomic motion in a quantized cavity mode

E. V. Goldstein, P. Pax, P. Meystre

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The state of a quantized single-mode cavity field strongly influences the motion of atomic wave packets trapped into the optical potential that it provides, to the point where the atomic motion can be effectively "frozen" for long periods of time. This effect, which should not be confused with cooling, is reminiscent of the collapse and revivals phenomena familiar from the Jaynes-Cummings model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-238
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number4-6
StatePublished - Oct 15 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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