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Title: Multiple scattering of photons by atomic hyperfine multiplets

Abstract

Mesoscopic interference effects in multiple scattering of photons depend crucially on the internal structure of the scatterers. In the present paper, we develop the analytical theory of multiple photon scattering by cold atoms with arbitrary internal hyperfine multiplets. For a specific application, we calculate the enhancement factor of elastic coherent backscattering as a function of detuning from an entire hyperfine multiplet of neighboring resonances that cannot be considered isolated. Our theory permits one to understand why atoms behave differently from classical Rayleigh point-dipole scatterers, and how the classical description is recovered for larger but still microscopic objects like molecules or clusters.

Authors:
 [1]; ; ;  [2];  [3]
  1. Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Bayreuth, D-95440 Bayreuth (Germany)
  2. Institut Non Lineaire de Nice Sophia Antipolis, UMR 6618 du CNRS, 1361 route des Lucioles, F-06560 Valbonne (France)
  3. Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, 4 Place Jussieu, F-75005 Paris (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20786534
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. A; Journal Volume: 72; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.72.053405; (c) 2005 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; ATOMS; BACKSCATTERING; DIPOLES; HYPERFINE STRUCTURE; INTERFERENCE; MOLECULES; MULTI-PHOTON PROCESSES; MULTIPLE SCATTERING; MULTIPLETS; PHOTONS; RAYLEIGH SCATTERING; RESONANCE

Citation Formats

Mueller, Cord A., Miniatura, Christian, Wilkowski, David, Kaiser, Robin, and Delande, Dominique. Multiple scattering of photons by atomic hyperfine multiplets. United States: N. p., 2005. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.72.0.
Mueller, Cord A., Miniatura, Christian, Wilkowski, David, Kaiser, Robin, & Delande, Dominique. Multiple scattering of photons by atomic hyperfine multiplets. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.72.0.
Mueller, Cord A., Miniatura, Christian, Wilkowski, David, Kaiser, Robin, and Delande, Dominique. Tue . "Multiple scattering of photons by atomic hyperfine multiplets". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVA.72.0.
@article{osti_20786534,
title = {Multiple scattering of photons by atomic hyperfine multiplets},
author = {Mueller, Cord A. and Miniatura, Christian and Wilkowski, David and Kaiser, Robin and Delande, Dominique},
abstractNote = {Mesoscopic interference effects in multiple scattering of photons depend crucially on the internal structure of the scatterers. In the present paper, we develop the analytical theory of multiple photon scattering by cold atoms with arbitrary internal hyperfine multiplets. For a specific application, we calculate the enhancement factor of elastic coherent backscattering as a function of detuning from an entire hyperfine multiplet of neighboring resonances that cannot be considered isolated. Our theory permits one to understand why atoms behave differently from classical Rayleigh point-dipole scatterers, and how the classical description is recovered for larger but still microscopic objects like molecules or clusters.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVA.72.0},
journal = {Physical Review. A},
number = 5,
volume = 72,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Nov 15 00:00:00 EST 2005},
month = {Tue Nov 15 00:00:00 EST 2005}
}