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Stimulated magneto-optical force in the dressed-atom picture.


Söding,  J.
Research Group of Computational Biology, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Söding, J., & Grimm, R. (1994). Stimulated magneto-optical force in the dressed-atom picture. Physical Review A, 50(3), 2517-2527. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.50.2517.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0017-F6ED-1
The simulated magneto-optical force, which in the presence of a longitudinal static magnetic field is exerted on atoms resonant with the high-intensity light field of two counterpropagating, linearly polarized laser beams with an angle of ∼45° between their directions of polarization, is described in the dressed-atom picture. This allows an easy calculation of the force on atoms at rest, illustratively explains its nonzero wavelength average, and provides an intuitive understanding of its dependence on the atomic velocity. For a simple atomic model transition (J=0⇆J’=1) the velocity-dependent force is calculated by considering the motion along the dressed states and using the Landau-Zener model for the nonadiabatic transitions at the avoided level crossings. It is shown that for a certain relation between Larmor and optical Rabi frequency a perfectly diabatic motion takes place, leading to a disappearance of the velocity-tuned (doppleron) resonance structure.