Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Fano-Doppler Cooling paper

Our paper 'Fano-Doppler laser cooling of hybrid nanostructures' is now published in ACS Nano 5 7354-7361 (2011).

Laser cooling the center-of-mass motion of systems that exhibit Fano resonances is discussed. We find that cooling occurs for red or blue detuning of the laser frequency from resonance depending on the Fano factor associated with the resonance. The combination of the Doppler effect with the radiation cross-section quenching typical of quantum interference yields temperatures below the conventional Doppler limit. This scheme opens perspectives for controlling the motion of mesoscopic systems such as hybrid nanostructures at the quantum regime and the exploration of motional nonclassical states at the nanoscale.