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Manifestation of quantum resonances and antiresonances in a finite temperature dilute atomic gas.

By M. Saunders, P. L. Halkyard, K. J. Challis and S. A. Gardiner

Abstract

We investigate the effect of temperature on resonant and antiresonant dynamics in a dilute atomic gas kicked periodically by a standing-wave laser field. Our numerical calculations are based on a Monte Carlo method for an incoherent mixture of noninteracting plane waves, and show that the atomic dynamics are highly sensitive to the initial momentum width of the gas. We explain this sensitivity by examining the time evolution of individual atomic center-of-mass momentum eigenstates with varying quasimomentum, and we determine analytic expressions for the evolution of the second-order momentum moment to illustrate the range of behaviors

Publisher: American Physical Society
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevA.76.043415
OAI identifier: oai:dro.dur.ac.uk.OAI2:7050
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