In the journal “Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics” the following article is published:
Yu A Avetisyan, V A Malyshev and E D Trifonov Photon recoil momentum in a Bose–Einstein condensate of a dilute gas. 2017 J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 50 085002
We develop a ‘minimal’ microscopic model to describe a two-pulse-Ramsey-interferometer-based scheme of measurement of the photon recoil momentum in a Bose–Einstein condensate of a dilute gas (Campbell et al 2005 Phys. Rev. Lett. 94 170403). We exploit the truncated coupled Maxwell–Schrödinger equations to elaborate the problem. Our approach provides a theoretical tool to reproduce essential features of the experimental results. Additionally, we calculate the quantum-mechanical mean value of the recoil momentum and its statistical distribution that provides a detailed information about the recoil event.