Coherent backscattering is a coherence effect in the propagation of waves through disordered media involving two or more scattering events. Here we report on the observation of coherent backscattering from individual atoms and their mirror images. This system displays two important advantages: First, the effect can be observed at low optical densities, which allows us to work in very dilute clouds or far from resonance. Second, due to the fact that the radiation of an atom interferes constructively with that of its own image, the phenomenon is much more robust to dephasing induced by strong saturation. In particular, the contribution of inelastically scattered photons to the interference process is demonstrated.
|Titolo:||Coherent backscattering of inelastic photons from atoms and their mirror images|
|Parole Chiave:||atomic and molecular physics, and optics|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||7-nov-2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevA.94.053806|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|