Self-organization of a Bose-Einstein condensate in an optical cavity

D. Nagy, G. Szirmai, P. Domokos

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The spatial self-organization of a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in a high-finesse linear optical cavity is discussed. The condensate atoms are laser-driven from the side and scatter photons into the cavity. Above a critical pump intensity the homogeneous condensate evolves into a stable pattern bound by the cavity field. The transition point is determined analytically from a mean-field theory. We calculate the lowest lying Bogoliubov excitations of the coupled BEC-cavity system and the quantum depletion due to the atom-field coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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