Nonlinear atom optics

G. Lenz, P. Meystre, E. M. Wright

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We study an ensemble of N bosonic atoms coupled by dipole-dipole interaction and also interacting with an electromagnetic field. Effective single-atom nonlinear Schrödinger equations are derived. The implications of these equations are discussed in the context of some standard atom optics geometries, illustrating in particular how many-body effects modify the Pendellösung of Bragg scattering. In another regime, the problem is reduced to a classical massive Thirring model, with the possibility of generating atomic Thirring solitons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3271-3274
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number20
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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