Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Mark D. Havey
This thesis reports on the experimental study of coherent radiative transport in an ultracold gas of 85Rb atoms confined in a magneto-optic trap. Measurements are made of the polarization dependence of the spatial and spectral profile of light backscattered from the sample. The results shows an interferometric enhancement sensitive to coherent multiple scattering in the atomic gas, and strong variations with the polarization of the incident and detected light. Effects due to coherent enhancement of weak non-resonant transitions are also observed. Comparison of the measurements with realistic quantum Monte Carlo simulations of Kupriyanov, et al  yield very good agreement.
Kulatunga, Pasad B..
"Coherent Backscattering of Light From an Ultra Cold Gas of Rubidium-85 Atoms"
(2003). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissertation, Physics, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/nvhm-m443