Self-organization in cold atomic gases : a synchronization perspective

Tesio, E. and Robb, G.R.M. and Oppo, G.-L. and Gomes, P.M. and Ackemann, T. and Labeyrie, G. and Kaiser, R. and Firth, W.J. (2014) Self-organization in cold atomic gases : a synchronization perspective. Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 372 (2027). 20140002. ISSN 1471-2962 (

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We study non-equilibrium spatial self-organization in cold atomic gases, where long-range spatial order spontaneously emerges from fluctuations in the plane transverse to the propagation axis of a single optical beam. The self-organization process can be interpreted as a synchronization transition in a fully connected network of fictitious oscillators, and described in terms of the Kuramoto model.