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Photon Hall scattering from alkaline-earth-like atoms and alkali-like ions

  • B.A. van Tiggelen
  • D. Wilkowski
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  1. From Ill-condensed Matter to Mesoscopic Wave Propagation


We investigate the possibility of observing a magneto-transverse scattering of photons from alkaline-earth-like atoms as well as alkali-like ions and provide orders of magnitude. The transverse magneto-scattering is physically induced by the interference between two possible quantum transitions of an outer electron in a S state, one dispersive electric-dipole transition to a P orbital state and a second resonant electric-quadrupole transition to a D orbital state. In contrast with previous mechanisms proposed for such an atomic photonic Hall effect, no real photons are scattered by the electric-dipole allowed transition, which increases the ratio of Hall current to background photons significantly. The main experimental challenge is to overcome the small detection threshold, with only 10−5 photons scattered per atom per second.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université Grenoble-Alpes, Laboratoire de Physique et de Modélisation des Milieux CondensésGrenobleFrance
  2. 2.CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique et de Modélisation des Milieux CondensésGrenobleFrance
  3. 3.MajuLab, CNRS-Université de Nice-NUS-NTU, International Joint Research Unit UMI 3654SingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  5. 5.School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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