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Anomalous statistics of laser-cooled atoms in dissipative optical lattices

  title={Anomalous statistics of laser-cooled atoms in dissipative optical lattices},
  author={Gadi Afek and Nir Davidson and David A. Kessler and Eli Barkai},
In this Colloquium we discuss the anomalous kinetics of atoms in dissipative optical lattices, focusing on the “Sisyphus” laser cooling mechanism. The cooling scheme induces a friction force that decreases to zero for high atomic momentum, which in turn leads to unusual statistical features. We study, using a Fokker-Planck equation describing the semi-classical limit of the system, the shallow optical lattice regime where the momentum distribution of the particles is heavy-tailed and the… Expand


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