Semi-classical theory of laser cooling in two dimensions
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of
New York 14627, USA
Revised: 13 February 1999
Published online: 15 October 1999
We present a semi-classical theory of the light pressure force for atoms interacting with a two-dimensional laser field. Unlike previous 2D theory, ours is valid for general atomic level and laser field configurations. We show that striking new features appear in the velocity-dependent force arising from the multi-dimensionality. Finally, we describe in detail the novel numerical technique used in the calculation.
PACS: 32.80.Pj – Optical cooling of atoms; trapping
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 1999