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Title: Geometric phase of an accelerated two-level atom in the presence of a perfectly reflecting plane boundary

Abstract

We study the geometric phase of a uniformly accelerated two-level atom coupled with vacuum fluctuations of electromagnetic fields in the presence of a perfectly reflecting plane. We find that the geometric phase difference between the accelerated and inertial atoms which can be observed by atom interferometry crucially depends on the polarizability of the atom and the distance to the boundary and it can be dramatically manipulated with anisotropically polarizable atoms. In particular, extremely close to the boundary, the phase difference can be increased by two times as compared to the case without any boundary. So, the detectability of the effects associated with acceleration using an atom interferometer can be significantly increased by the presence of a boundary using atoms with anisotropic polarizability.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. Department of Physics and Synergetic Innovation Center for Quantum Effects and Applications, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, Hunan 410081 (China)
  2. (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22560340
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Annals of Physics; Journal Volume: 371; Journal Issue: Complete; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2016 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ACCELERATION; ANISOTROPY; ATOMS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS; ENERGY LEVELS; FLUCTUATIONS; GEOMETRY; INTERFEROMETRY; POLARIZABILITY; QUANTUM SYSTEMS

Citation Formats

Zhai, Hua, Zhang, Jialin, E-mail: jialinzhang@hunnu.edu.cn, Yu, Hongwei, E-mail: hwyu@hunnu.edu.cn, and Center for Nonlinear Science and Department of Physics, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211. Geometric phase of an accelerated two-level atom in the presence of a perfectly reflecting plane boundary. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1016/J.AOP.2016.05.017.
Zhai, Hua, Zhang, Jialin, E-mail: jialinzhang@hunnu.edu.cn, Yu, Hongwei, E-mail: hwyu@hunnu.edu.cn, & Center for Nonlinear Science and Department of Physics, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211. Geometric phase of an accelerated two-level atom in the presence of a perfectly reflecting plane boundary. United States. doi:10.1016/J.AOP.2016.05.017.
Zhai, Hua, Zhang, Jialin, E-mail: jialinzhang@hunnu.edu.cn, Yu, Hongwei, E-mail: hwyu@hunnu.edu.cn, and Center for Nonlinear Science and Department of Physics, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211. Mon . "Geometric phase of an accelerated two-level atom in the presence of a perfectly reflecting plane boundary". United States. doi:10.1016/J.AOP.2016.05.017.
@article{osti_22560340,
title = {Geometric phase of an accelerated two-level atom in the presence of a perfectly reflecting plane boundary},
author = {Zhai, Hua and Zhang, Jialin, E-mail: jialinzhang@hunnu.edu.cn and Yu, Hongwei, E-mail: hwyu@hunnu.edu.cn and Center for Nonlinear Science and Department of Physics, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211},
abstractNote = {We study the geometric phase of a uniformly accelerated two-level atom coupled with vacuum fluctuations of electromagnetic fields in the presence of a perfectly reflecting plane. We find that the geometric phase difference between the accelerated and inertial atoms which can be observed by atom interferometry crucially depends on the polarizability of the atom and the distance to the boundary and it can be dramatically manipulated with anisotropically polarizable atoms. In particular, extremely close to the boundary, the phase difference can be increased by two times as compared to the case without any boundary. So, the detectability of the effects associated with acceleration using an atom interferometer can be significantly increased by the presence of a boundary using atoms with anisotropic polarizability.},
doi = {10.1016/J.AOP.2016.05.017},
journal = {Annals of Physics},
number = Complete,
volume = 371,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Aug 15 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Mon Aug 15 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
}