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Control of light trapping in a large atomic system by a static magnetic field

Abstract : We propose to control light trapping in a large ensemble of cold atoms by an external, static magnetic field. For an appropriate choice of frequency and polarization of the exciting pulse, the field is expected to speed up the fluorescence of a dilute atomic system. In a dense ensemble, the field does not affect the early-time superradiant signal but amplifies intensity oscillations at intermediate times and induces a very slow, nonexponential long-time decay. The slowing down of fluorescence is due to the excitation of spatially localized collective atomic states that appear only under a strong magnetic field and have exponentially long lifetimes. Our results therefore pave a way towards experimental observation of the disorder-induced localization of light in cold atomic systems.
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Sergey Skipetrov, I. M. Sokolov, Mark Havey. Control of light trapping in a large atomic system by a static magnetic field. Physical Review A, American Physical Society, 2016, 94, pp.013825. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevA.94.013825⟩. ⟨hal-01345459⟩

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