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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2372–2377

Laser-cooling simulation based on the semiclassical approach

Bart Smeets, Rudolf W. Herfst, Edwin te Sligte, Peter van der Straten, Herman C.W. Beijerinck, and Karel A.H. van Leeuwen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 2372-2377 (2005)

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We investigate the region of validity of the semiclassical approach to simulating laser cooling. We conclude that for the commonly used π x π y polarization-gradient configuration, the semiclassical approach is valid only for transitions with recoil parameters ε r on the order of 10 4 or less. For the standard laser-cooling transitions only the transitions in Rb and Cs satisfy this condition. For the Doppler and σ + σ polarization-gradient configuration the semiclassical approach is valid for most of the commonly used transitions; however, the expected gain in execution speed compared with quantum Monte Carlo calculations has been realized only in part. A drastic reduction in calculation time is to be expected by implementing an analytical approach to the long-term contribution of the diffusion coefficient.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(140.3320) Lasers and laser optics : Laser cooling

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Quantum Optics

Bart Smeets, Rudolf W. Herfst, Edwin te Sligte, Peter van der Straten, Herman C. Beijerinck, and Karel A. H. van Leeuwen, "Laser-cooling simulation based on the semiclassical approach," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 2372-2377 (2005)

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