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Phys. Rev. Lett. Acceptance!

Posted by Arjendu on December 11, 2007

Never fails to give me an adrenaline rush: The collaborative paper with Anatole and Jiang-bin that was being re-considered at Physical Review Letters got accepted. W00t!

If I estimate how many papers I’ll publish in my professional life, and the number of them that will be Physical Review Letters papers (that’s the premier journal in physics, though something like ‘Nature’ or ‘Science’, which address all the sciences, is a more prestigious place to publish) it’s easy enough to conclude that every PRL acceptance deserves a pretty major celebration.

Like every paper that gets accepted or rejected, it has its own story, including some of the best Refereeing that I’ve experienced (not kind words, that’s cool but more to the point, we got intelligent, insightful, and constructive criticism). And an interesting back-story, too on how the paper got built. This is a collaboration where I truly felt like a ‘senior partner’ guiding my very talented collaborators through calculations and analysis.

For the record, the abstract:

“Low-order quantum resonances manifested by directed currents have been realized with cold atoms. Here we show that by increasing the strength of an experimentally achievable delta-kicking ratchet potential, quantum resonances of a very high order may naturally emerge and can induce larger ratchet currents than low-order resonances, with the underlying classical limit being fully chaotic. The results offer a means of controlling quantum transport of cold atoms. ”

Some day it might be fun to talk that paper through. It’s one that talks about an interesting new effect, one with experimental verification possible, and is liable to generate some interest.


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