Spontaneous emergence of free-space optical and atomic patterns


Journal Article

� 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. The spontaneous formation of patterns in dynamical systems is a rich phenomenon that transcends scientific boundaries. Here, we report our observation of coupled optical-atomic pattern formation, which results in the creation of self-organized, multimode structures in free-space laser-driven cold atoms. We show that this process gives rise to spontaneous three-dimensional Sisyphus cooling even at very low light intensities and the emergence of self-organized structures on both sub- and super-wavelength scales.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schmittberger, BL; Gauthier, DJ

Published Date

  • October 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 10

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1367-2630

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1088/1367-2630/18/10/103021

Citation Source

  • Scopus