A modulated mirror for atomic interferometry

  • A novel atomic beam splitter, using reflection of atoms off an evanescent light wave, is investigated theoretically. The intensity or frequency of the light is modulated in order to create sidebands on the reflected de Broglie wave. The weights and phases of the various sidevands are calculated using three different approaches: the Born approximation, a semiclassical path integral approach, and a numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrdinger equation. We show how this modulated mirror could be used to build practical atomic interferometers.

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Author:Carsten Henkel, Andrew M. Steane, Robin Kaiser, Jean Dalibard
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Reihe (paper 102)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of Publication (online):2010/04/29
Year of Completion:1994
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2010/04/29
Source:Journal de Physique 4 (1994) 11, S. 1877-1896
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Physik und Astronomie
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 53 Physik / 530 Physik
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht
Notes extern:
The preprint is available at ArXiv.org:
Atomic diffraction by a thin phase grating; In: Journal de Physique. - 4 (1994) 11, S. 1877-1896