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Laser cooling  Subrecoil laser cooling  Subrecoil cooling and Levy statistics  Subrecoil laser cooling and anomalous random walks  Standard laser cooling: friction forces and the recoil limit  Friction forces and cooling  The recoil limit  Laser cooling based on inhomogeneous random walks in momentum space  Physical mechanism  How to create an inhomogeneous random walk  Expected cooling properties  Quantum description of subrecoil laser cooling  Wave nature of atomic motion  Difficulties of the standard quantum treatment  Quantum jump description. The delay function  Simulation of the atomic momentum stochastic evolution  Generalization. Stochastic wave functions and random walks in Hilbert space  From quantum optics to classical random walks  Fictitious classical particle associated with the quantum random walk  Simplified jump rate  Trapping and recycling. Statistical properties  Trapping and recycling regions  Models of inhomogeneous random walks  Friction  Trapping region  Recycling region  Momentum jumps  Probability distribution of the trapping times  Onedimensional quadratic jump rate  Generalization to higher dimensions  Generalization to a nonquadratic jump rate  Probability distribution of the recycling times  Presentation of the problem: first return time in Brownian motion  The unconfined model in one dimension  The Doppler model in one dimension  The confined model: random walk with walls  Broad distributions and Levy statistics: a brief overview 

Laser cooling of atoms provides an ideal case study for the application of Lévy statistics in a privileged situation where the statistical model can be derived from first principles. This book demonstrates how the most efficient laser cooling techniques can be simply and quantitatively understood in terms of nonergodic random processes dominated by a few rare events. Lévy statistics are now recognised as the proper tool for analysing many different problems for which standard Gaussian statistics are inadequate. Laser cooling provides a simple example of how Lévy statistics can yield analytic predictions that can be compared to other theoretical approaches and experimental results. The authors of this book are world leaders in the fields of laser cooling and lightatom interactions, and are renowned for their clear presentation. This book will therefore hold much interest for graduate students and researchers in the fields of atomic physics, quantum optics, and statistical physics 

TAEBDC; 2009 
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Print version: 9780521808217

Subject 
Laser manipulation (Nuclear physics)


Laser cooling


Atoms  Cooling


Lévy processes

Alt Title 
Lévy Statistics & Laser Cooling 
