Optical discrimination between spatial decoherence and thermalization of a massive object

C. Henkel, M. Nest, P. Domokos, R. Folman

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Abstract

An optical ring interferometer was proposed to observe environment-induced spatial decoherence of massive objects. The setup was distinguished between different models of decoherence dynamics. It was found that the operation of the ring interferometer is not affected when working with a transparent object like an atom or a weakly scattering nanoparticle. The results show that a Hamiltonian accounts for the coupling to the cavity modes so that most of the analysis can be carried over, but with more favorable parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023810
Pages (from-to)023810-1-023810-10
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume70
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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