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Atom cooling using the dipole force of a single retroreflected laser beam

By André Xuereb, Peter Horak and Tim Freegarde


We present a mechanism for cooling atoms by a laser beam reflected from a single mirror. The cooling relies on the dipole force and thus in principle applies to arbitrary refractive particles including atoms, molecules, or dielectric spheres. Friction and equilibrium temperatures are derived by an analytic perturbative approach. Finally, semiclassical Monte-Carlo simulations are performed to validate the analytic results.Comment: 9 pages, 11 figures. [v2: As published

Topics: Quantum Physics
Publisher: 'American Physical Society (APS)'
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevA.80.013836
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