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Dr. Rocio Jauregui - "On the control of atomic transition rates via laser-light shaping"

Instituto de Física, U.N.A.M., México


Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light Gerd Leuchs


Time and place:

Monday, June 13, 2016, 11 a.m.

Large seminar room (429/435), Bau 24, Guenther-Scharowsky-Str. 1



A modular systematic analysis of the feasibility of modifying atomic transition rates by tailoring the electromagnetic field of an external coherent light source is presented. The formalism considers both the center of mass and internal degrees of freedom of the atom, and all properties of the field: frequency, angular spectrum, and polarization.

General features of recoil effects for internal forbidden transitions are discussed. A comparative analysis of different structured light sources is explicitly worked out. The global analysis presented reinforces the idea that a better control of the transitions between internal atomic states requires both a proper control of the available states of the atomic center of mass, and shaping of the background electromagnetic field.