Optomechanics of ultracold atomic gases

Rina Kanamoto, Pierre Meystre

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Abstract

We give a brief overview of the basic aspects of the optomechanical interaction between a light field and a mechanical mode of ultracold bosonic and fermionic atomic gases inside a Fabry-Pérot cavity, showing that these systems provide a 'bottom up' approach to cavity optomechanics. In contrast to the case of a Bose condensate, where the effective 'moving mirror' is a side mode whose occupation results simply from photon recoil, for fermionic atoms this 'mirror' is a collective density oscillation associated with particle-hole excitations. We also discuss the experimental consequences of the optomechanical coupling in optical bistability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number038111
JournalPhysica Scripta
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010

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