Volume 109, Number 2, January 2015
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics|
|Published online||03 February 2015|
Casimir-Polder–induced Rabi oscillations
Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, UPMC-Sorbonnes Universités, CNRS, ENS-PSL Research Universities, Collège de France - 4, place Jussieu, F-75252 Paris, France
Received: 28 November 2014
Accepted: 14 January 2015
We show that the Casimir-Polder interaction may induce coherent oscillations between degenerate atomic states. We illustrate this effect by computing the Casimir-Polder–induced Rabi frequency on a 87Rb atom as it interacts with a reflecting surface. The atom oscillates between two Zeeman sublevels of its ground state undergoing a periodic exchange of angular momentum with the vacuum photons.
PACS: 42.50.Lc – Quantum fluctuations, quantum noise, and quantum jumps / 42.50.Ct – Quantum description of interaction of light and matter; related experiments / 37.90.+j – Other topics in mechanical control of atoms, molecules, and ions (restricted to new topics in section 37)
© EPLA, 2015
Current usage metrics show cumulative count of Article Views (full-text article views including HTML views, PDF and ePub downloads, according to the available data) and Abstracts Views on Vision4Press platform.
Data correspond to usage on the plateform after 2015. The current usage metrics is available 48-96 hours after online publication and is updated daily on week days.
Initial download of the metrics may take a while.