Theory of adiabatic cooling in cavities

T. Zaugg, P. Meystre, G. Lenz, M. Wilkens

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We analyze how a decaying cavity field can lead to significant atomic cooling. This cooling can be intuitively understood by invoking the adiabatic theorem to characterize the dynamics of an atom dressed by a classical field. We find numerically that cooling can proceed well into the quantum regime where there are only a few photons left in the cavity, and where the adiabatic theorem ceases to be applicable. A physical interpretation of this final cooling stage is given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3011-3021
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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