Volume 74, Number 2, April 2006
|Page(s)||240 - 246|
|Section||Electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics|
|Published online||08 March 2006|
Thermal breakdown of coherent backscattering: A case study of quantum duality
Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bayreuth - 95440 Bayreuth, Germany
Accepted: 17 February 2006
We investigate coherent backscattering of light by two harmonically trapped atoms in the light of quantitative quantum duality. Including recoil and Doppler shift close to an optical resonance, we calculate the interference visibility as well as the amount of which-path information, both for zero and finite temperature.
PACS: 42.25.Hz – Interference / 03.65.Yz – Decoherence; open systems; quantum statistical methods / 42.50.Vk – Mechanical effects of light on atoms, molecules, electrons, and ions
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