Theory of superradiant scattering of laser light from bose-einstein condensates

M. Moore, P. Meystre

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In a recent MIT experiment, a new form of superradiant Rayleigh scattering was observed in Bose-Einstein condensates. We present a detailed theory of this phenomenon in which condensate depletion leads to mode competition, which, together with the directional dependence of the scattering rate, is ultimately responsible for the observed phenomena. The nonlinear response of the system is shown to be highly sensitive to initial quantum fluctuations which cause large run to run variations in the observed superradiant pulses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5202-5205
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number25
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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