Physical Review A (Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics)
We report a combined theoretical and experimental study of the spectral and polarization dependence of near-resonant radiation coherently backscattered from an ultracold gas of 85Rb atoms. Measurements in a 6 MHz range about the 5s 2S1/25p 2P3/2, F=3F'=4 hyperfine transition are compared with simulations based on a realistic model of the experimental atomic density distribution. In the simulations, the influence of heating of the atoms in the vapor, magnetization of the vapor, finite spectral bandwidth, and other nonresonant hyperfine transitions are considered. Good agreement is found between the simulations and measurements.
Original Publication Citation
Kupriyanov, D.V., Sokolov, I.M., Larionov, N.V., Kulatunga, P., Sukenik, C.I., Balik, S., & Havey, M.D. (2004). Spectral dependence of coherent backscattering of light in a narrow-resonance atomic system. Physical Review A, 69(3), 33801. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevA.69.033801
Kupriyanov, D. V.; Sokolov, I. M.; Larionov, N. V.; Kulatunga, P.; Sukenik, C. I.; Balik, S.; and Havey, M. D., "Spectral Dependence of Coherent Backscattering of Light in a Narrow-Resonance Atomic System" (2004). Physics Faculty Publications. 17.