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Transport of light through a dense ensemble of cold atoms in a static electric field

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posted on 2023-11-30, 18:15 authored by S. E. Skipetrov, I. M. Sokolov
We demonstrate that the transport of coherent quasiresonant light through a dense cloud of immobile two-level atoms subjected to a static external electric field can be described by a simple diffusion process up to atomic number densities of the order of at least $10^2$ atoms per wavelength cubed. Transport mean free paths well below the wavelength of light in the free space can be reached without inducing any sign of Anderson localization of light or of any other mechanism of breakdown of diffusion.

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