Author(s): Arnold KJ, Baden MP, Barrett MD
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Abstract We make a detailed experimental study of the threshold for the self-organization of thermal 87Rb atoms coupled to a high-finesse cavity over a range of atom numbers and cavity detunings. We investigate the difference between probing with a traveling wave and a retroreflected lattice. These two scenarios lead to qualitatively different behavior in terms of the response of the system as a function of cavity detuning with respect to the probe. In both cases, we confirm a N(-1) scaling of the threshold with atom number.
This article was published in Phys Rev Lett
and referenced in Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology