Schedule Mar 15, 2013
Instabilities of Cold Atoms in Long Cavities or Hollow Optical Fibres
Mike Gunn (Univ. Birmingham)

NK Wilkin and JMF Gunn

School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT

We show that for cold atoms in sufficiently long optical cavities - or hollow optical fibres - there are unstable modes in the combined BEC and optical fields. We determine the nature of the instabilities, critical lengths,  their critical exponents and timescales for growth.

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