Wave mixing of optical pulses and bose-einstein condensates

Han Pu, Weiping Zhang, Pierre Meystre

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We investigate theoretically the four-wave mixing of optical and matter waves resulting from the scattering of a short light pulse off an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate, as recently demonstrated by D. Schneble et al. [Science 300, 475 (2003)]. We show that atomic “pair production” from the condensate results in the generation of both forward- and backward-propagating matter waves. These waves are characterized by different phase-matching conditions, resulting in different angular distributions and temporal evolutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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