Passage-time statistics of superradiant light pulses from Bose-Einstein condensates

L. F. Buchmann, G. M. Nikolopoulos, O. Zobay, P. Lambropoulos

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We discuss the passage-time statistics of superradiant light pulses generated during the scattering of laser light from an elongated atomic Bose-Einstein condensate. Focusing on the early stage of the phenomenon, we analyse the corresponding probability distributions and their scaling behaviour with respect to the threshold photon number and the coupling strength. With respect to these parameters, we find quantities which only vary significantly during the transition between the Kapitza-Dirac and the Bragg regimes. A possible connection of the present observations to Brownian motion is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number025301
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2011
Externally publishedYes

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