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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1031–1039

Coherence effects in scattering order expansion of light by atomic clouds

Mohamed-Taha Rouabah, Marina Samoylova, Romain Bachelard, Philippe W. Courteille, Robin Kaiser, and Nicola Piovella  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 5, pp. 1031-1039 (2014)

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We interpret cooperative scattering by a collection of cold atoms as a multiple-scattering process. Starting from microscopic equations describing the response of N atoms to a probe light beam, we represent the total scattered field as an infinite series of multiple-scattering events. As an application of the method, we obtain analytical expressions of the coherent intensity in the double-scattering approximation for Gaussian density profiles. In particular, we quantify the contributions of coherent backward and forward scattering.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(020.1335) Atomic and molecular physics : Atom optics

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: January 21, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 11, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 12, 2014
Published: April 11, 2014

Mohamed-Taha Rouabah, Marina Samoylova, Romain Bachelard, Philippe W. Courteille, Robin Kaiser, and Nicola Piovella, "Coherence effects in scattering order expansion of light by atomic clouds," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, 1031-1039 (2014)

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