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Vendredi 04 mai 2018 à 11:00
Salle : D102 - Institut Galilée
Yvan Sortais
Institut d’Optique Graduate School
2 avenue Augustin Fresnel

Collective effects in light scattering have gained a renewed interest recently with the recognition that they can bias the accuracy of atom-based sensors such as optical clocks by introducing unwanted energy level shifts. The resonant dipole-dipole interactions between atoms should lead to a collective frequency shift of the atomic lines. This shift, unfortunately named the cooperative or collective Lamb-shift (CLS) despite its classical nature, depends on the shape of the sample.

Here, I will present our recent measurements of the near-resonant transmission of light through a dense vapour of potassium confined in a slab cell with nanometer thickness in order to investigate the origin and validity of the collective Lamb-shift. A complete model including the multiple reflections in the nano-cell accurately reproduces the observed strong asymmetry of the line shape and allows extraction of a density dependent shift of the atomic resonance.

Finally, I will present a new generation of glass nano-cells with super-polished surfaces. These cells are promising tools for revisiting atom-surface interactions with thermal vapours.

The Collective Lamb Shift of a Nanoscale Atomic Vapour Layer within a Sapphire Cavity

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