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Bifurcations and bistability in cavity-assisted photoassociation of Bose-Einstein-condensed molecules
Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on the Hudson, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8049-2425
Stevens Institute of Technology.
Stevens Institute of Technology.
2007 (English)In: Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, ISSN 1050-2947, E-ISSN 1094-1622, Vol. 76, no 6, 063615Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We study the photoassociation of Bose-Einstein condensed atoms into molecules using an optical cavity field. The driven cavity field introduces a dynamical degree of freedom into the photoassociation process, whose role in determining the stationary behavior has not previously been considered. The semiclassical stationary solutions for the atom and molecules as well as the intracavity field are found and their stability and scaling properties are determined in terms of experimentally controllable parameters including driving amplitude of the cavity and the nonlinear interactions between atoms and molecules. For weak cavity driving, we find a bifurcation in the atom and molecule number occurs that signals a transition from a stable steady state to nonlinear Rabi oscillations. For a strongly driven cavity, there exists bistability in the atom and molecule number.

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2007. Vol. 76, no 6, 063615
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Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-11206DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.76.063615ISI: 000251985900094OAI: diva2:565617
Available from: 2012-11-07 Created: 2012-11-07 Last updated: 2015-05-05Bibliographically approved

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