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1 PhLAM - Physique des Lasers, Atomes et Molécules 2 CERLA - Centre d-Etudes et de Recherches Lasers et Applications

Abstract : We present an approach of the kicked rotor quantum resonances in position-space, based on its analogy with the optical Talbot effect. This approach leads to a very simple picture of the physical mechanism underlying the dynamics and to analytical expressions for relevant physical quantities, such as mean momentum or kinetic energy. The ballistic behavior, which is closely associated to quantum resonances, is analyzed and shown to emerge from a coherent adding of successive kicks applied to the rotor thanks to a periodic reconstruction of the spatial wavepacket.

keyword : kicked rotor quantum resonance cold atoms quantum chaos

Author: Maxence Lepers - Véronique Zehnlé - Jean Claude Garreau -



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