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Stability of continuously pumped atom lasers

Haine, S.A; Hope, J; Robins, N.P; Savage, Craig


A multimode model of a continuously pumped atom laser is shown to be unstable below a critical value of the scattering length. Above the critical scattering length, the atom laser reaches a steady state, the stability of which increases with pumping. Below this limit the laser does not reach a steady state. This instability results from the competition between gain and loss for the excited states of the lasing mode. It will determine a fundamental limit for the linewidth of an atom laser...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Physical Review Letters


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