Rodrigo Figueiredo Shiozaki, P H Moriya, R Celistrino Teixeira, C E Maximo, N Piovella, R Bachelard, R Kaiser and Ph W Courteille
Universidade de S├?┬úo Paulo, Brazil
Universidade Federal de S├?┬úo Carlos, Brazil
Universit├?┬á degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Institut Non Lin├?┬ęaire de Nice, France
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Astrophys Aerospace Technol
Coherent backscattering is a coherence effect in the propagation of waves through disordered media involving two or more scattering events. Here, we report on the observation of coherent backscattering from individual atoms and their mirror images. This system displays two important advantages: First, the effect can be observed at low optical densities, which allows to work in very dilute clouds or far from resonance. Second, due to the fact that the radiation of an atom interferes constructively with that of its own image, the phenomenon is much more robust to dephasing induced by strong saturation. In particular, the contribution of inelastically scattered photons to the interference process is demonstrated.
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