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Quantum noise in the laser-driven rotation of nonpolar molecules
Author(s): Sascha Wallentowitz; Anicka Adelsward; Werner Vogel
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Paper Abstract

For a diatomic molecule interacting with an off-resonant laser field it is shown how quantum vacuum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field act via spontaneous Raman processes on the molecular rotational degree of freedom. Furthermore, the inclusion of the molecule's centre-of-mass and the treatment of associated photon recoil effects is outlined. The obtained results form a basis for describing the combined centre-of-mass and rotational dynamics of the molecule in off-resonant, spatially varying laser fields, such as in the laser focus forming a dipole trap.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5468, Fluctuations and Noise in Photonics and Quantum Optics II, (25 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.546744
Show Author Affiliations
Sascha Wallentowitz, Univ. Rostock (Germany)
Anicka Adelsward, Univ. Rostock (Germany)
Werner Vogel, Univ. Rostock (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5468:
Fluctuations and Noise in Photonics and Quantum Optics II
Peter Heszler, Editor(s)

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