Kinetic description of feed-back non-resonant optical lattices-gas interaction

Mikhail N. Shneider, Peter F. Barker

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In this paper the effects of coupling a non-resonant optical lattice to a gas is studied. When the lattice induces a periodic modulation of the gas density, strong Bragg diffraction of light can occur. If a significant fraction of the light used to make the periodic structure is diffracted it can potentially limit the achievable intensities inside the lattice limiting the ability to manipulate the gas with the light. We calculate the evolution of the light fields by finding solutions to the wave equation with a periodic refractive index induced by the lattice. The local gas density perturbation induced by the lattice is determined by solution of the Boltzmann kinetic equation in the collisional regime. This allows us to predict the limits of gas transport within optical lattice. We discuss the maximum energy and momentum transfer to the gas from the lattice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication27th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics - 2010, RGD27
Number of pages8
EditionPART 1
StatePublished - 2011
Event27th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, RGD27 - Pacific Grove, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 10 2011Jul 15 2011

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
NumberPART 1
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference27th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, RGD27
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPacific Grove, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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