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

By Andre Xuereb, Peter Horak and Tim Freegarde

Abstract

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 result

Topics: TK, QC
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:78868
Provided by: e-Prints Soton
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