Cavity cooling of atoms: Within and without a cavity

André Xuereb*, Peter Domokos, Peter Horak, Tim Freegarde

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We compare the efficiencies of two optical cooling schemes, where a single particle is either inside or outside an optical cavity, under experimentally-realisable conditions. We evaluate the cooling forces using the general solution of a transfer matrix method for a moving scatterer inside a general one-dimensional system composed of immobile optical elements. Assuming the same atomic saturation parameter, we find that the two cooling schemes provide cooling forces and equilibrium temperatures of comparable magnitude.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-278
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D
Issue number1-2
Early online date17 May 2011
Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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