Volume 141, Number 2, January 2023
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Atomic, molecular and optical physics|
|Published online||09 January 2023|
Analysing spatiotemporal instabilities in magneto-optical traps with the tools of turbulence theory
1 Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Institut de Physique de Nice - 06560 Valbonne, France
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Oklahoma - Norman, Oklahoma 73019, USA
(a) E-mail: email@example.com (corresponding author)
Received: 1 September 2022
Accepted: 19 December 2022
A large cloud of 87Rb atoms confined in a magneto-optical trap exhibits, in a certain regime of parameters, spatiotemporal instabilities with a dynamics resembling that of a turbulent fluid. We apply the methods of turbulence theory based on structure function analysis to extract scaling exponents which are compared to known turbulent regimes. This analysis also allows us to make a clear distinction between different instability regimes.
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