Coherent Rayleigh scattering in the high intensity regime

Mikhail N. Shneider, P. F. Barker, Xingguo Pan, Richard B. Miles

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Coherent Rayleigh scattering (CRS) is studied in the high intensity regime, where the optical lattice potential approaches the thermal energy of the gas particles. We describe this optical-kinetic process using a 1-D Boltzmann equation with an arbitrary strong optical force and show that in this regime a line shape narrowing phenomenon is predicted and that the signal intensity saturates when complete trapping of particles is reached. We discuss the impact of these processes on the application of coherent Rayleigh scattering as gas phase diagnostic tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-211
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Coherent Rayleigh scattering
  • Line shape
  • Optical lattice


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