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Slowing atoms using optical cavities pumped by phase-modulated light

Hemmerling, M. and Robb, G. R. M. (2010) Slowing atoms using optical cavities pumped by phase-modulated light. Physical Review A, 82 (5). ISSN 1094-1622

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We theoretically investigate the possibility of slowing and cooling a collisionless atomic gas using a phase-modulated pump field. We consider a single-pump ring cavity with asymmetric cavity losses containing a beam of N polarizable pointlike particles. We show using analytical and numerical analysis that different regimes of the atom-light interaction can be identified and for properly chosen parameters this can lead to effective slowing of the atomic ensemble.