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Optical Cooling Using the Dipole Force


  • Proposes new mechanisms for cavity-mediated optical cooling

  • Applications extend from the nanoscale to metre-sized mirrors

  • Nominated as an outstanding contribution by the University of Southampton


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. André Xuereb
    Pages 1-5
  3. Atomic Physics Theory and Cooling Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. André Xuereb
      Pages 9-32
    3. André Xuereb
      Pages 33-67
  4. Scattering Models and Their Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. André Xuereb
      Pages 71-113
    3. André Xuereb
      Pages 115-135
  5. Experimental Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. André Xuereb
      Pages 145-157
    3. André Xuereb
      Pages 159-177
    4. André Xuereb
      Pages 179-181
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 183-187

About this book


This thesis unifies the dissipative dynamics of an atom, particle or structure within an optical field that is influenced by the position of the atom, particle or structure itself. This allows the identification and exploration of the fundamental ‘mirror-mediated’ mechanisms of cavity-mediated cooling leading to the proposal of a range of new techniques based upon the same underlying principles. It also reveals powerful mechanisms for the enhancement of the radiation force cooling of micromechanical systems, using both active gain and the resonance of a cavity to which the cooled species are external. This work has implications for the cooling not only of weakly-scattering individual atoms, ions and molecules, but also for highly reflective optomechanical structures ranging from nanometre-scale cantilevers to the metre-sized mirrors of massive interferometers.


Cavity Cooling Cavity-Mediated Cooling Cooling with a Memory Dipole Force Dissipative Dynamics Laser Cooling Optical Cooling Optomechanical Systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., School of Mathematics and PhysicsQueen's University BelfastBelfastUnited Kingdom

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