1 May 1997 Atomic self-trapping and self-focusing in a light medium
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Light-induced dipole-dipole interactions in a coherent atomic field result in an effective nonlinear interaction between atoms. This nonlinearity can induce self-focusing and self-trapping of a coherent atomic beam undergoing propagation through a travelling-wave laser beam; we show how such a scheme could be realized and evaluate the critical density required for atomic self-focusing and self- trapping. An analogy to optical self-focusing and self- trapping is discussed.
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Weiping Zhang, Weiping Zhang, Barry C. Sanders, Barry C. Sanders, Weihan Tan, Weihan Tan, } "Atomic self-trapping and self-focusing in a light medium", Proc. SPIE 2995, Atom Optics, (1 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273765; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.273765

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