- Conference date: 16-21 July 2006
- Location: Innsbruck (Austria)
Mirrors are ideal tools for controlling the optical and motional properties of an atom. To understand the physics of the light force in a cavity, and to explain why this force can be so much larger than in free space, we present an intuitive corpuscular picture based on the notion of cavity‐enhanced photon scattering. We also discuss a nonintuitive phenomenon that finds no simple explanation in terms of photon scattering and that we attribute to the wave aspect of light, Both particle and wave picture provide a complementary description of the main features of atomic motion in a cavity, in particular in the strong‐coupling regime.
- Photon scattering
- Cavity quantum electrodynamics
- General atomic properties
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