Light-induced self-organization in cold atomic clouds

Guillaume Labeyrie, Robin Kaiser

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Abstract :
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Patterns are ubiquitous in nature and have been extensively studied in biology, chemistry and physics including optics. We report here on experiments where pattern formation occurs in a cloud of laser cooled atoms. We identify three different mechanisms allowing spatial patterns to spontaneously emerge in either the atomic density, the excited state population, or the atomic spin state.
Published : 2018-01-11
Document Type : Conference papers


Guillaume Labeyrie, Robin Kaiser, « Light-induced self-organization in cold atomic clouds », Proceedings of the Complex Systems Academy, 2018-01-11. URL :