Volume 61, Number 3, February 2003
|Page(s)||327 - 333|
|Section||Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics|
|Published online||01 January 2003|
Coherent backscattering of light by cold atoms: Theory meets experiment
Laboratoire Ondes et Désordre, FRE 2302 du
CNRS 1361 route des Lucioles, 06560 Valbonne, France
2 Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Case 74, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris, France
3 Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme Nöthnitzer Str. 38, D-01187 Dresden, Germany
Accepted: 19 November 2002
Coherent backscattering (CBS) of quasi-resonant light by cold atoms presents some specific features due to the internal structure of the atomic scatterers. We present the first quantitative comparison between the experimentally observed CBS cones and Monte Carlo calculations which take into account the shape of the atomic cloud as well as the internal atomic structure.
PACS: 42.25.Dd – Wave propagation in random media / 32.80.Pj – Optical cooling of atoms; trapping / 05.60.Gg – Quantum transport
© EDP Sciences, 2003
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