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We present detailed observations of the quantum delta-kicked rotor in the vicinity of a quantum resonance. Our experiment consists of an ensemble of cold cesium atoms subject to a pulsed off-resonant standing wave of light. We measure the mean energy and show clearly that at the quantum resonance it is a local maximum. We also examine the effect of noise on… (More)

A theory of quantum ratchets for a particle periodically kicked by a general periodic potential under quantum-resonance conditions is developed for arbitrary values of the conserved quasi-momentum β. A special case of this theory is experimentally realized using a Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC) exposed to a pulsed standing light wave. While this case… (More)

- A Buchleitner, M B d'Arcy, S Fishman, S A Gardiner, I Guarneri, Z-Y Ma +2 others
- Physical review letters
- 2006

We show that mode locking finds a purely quantum nondissipative counterpart in atom-optical quantum accelerator modes. These modes are formed by exposing cold atoms to periodic kicks in the direction of the gravitational field. They are anchored to generalized Arnol'd tongues, parameter regions where driven nonlinear classical systems exhibit mode locking.… (More)

- R. T. Sang, G. S. Summy, B. T. H. Varcoe, W. R. MacGillivray, M. C. Standage
- 2001

We present a general, semi-classical theory describing the interaction of an atom with an internal state consisting of a number of degenerate energy levels with static and oscillating magnetic fields. This general theory is applied to the 3 P 2 metastable energy level of neon to determine the dynamics of the populations and coherences that are formed due to… (More)

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