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Sci Rep. 2013 Nov 13;3:3144. doi: 10.1038/srep03144.

Recoil effects of a motional scatterer on single-photon scattering in one dimension.

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State Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100190, China.


The scattering of a single photon with sufficiently high energy can cause a recoil of a motional scatterer. We study its backaction on the photon's coherent transport in one dimension by modeling the motional scatterer as a two-level system, which is trapped in a harmonic potential. While the reflection spectrum is of a single peak in the Lamb-Dicke limit, multi-peaks due to phonon excitations can be observed in the reflection spectrum as the trap becomes looser or the mass of the two-level system becomes smaller.

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