Atom optics in the time domain

Author(s): M. Arndt, P. Szriftgiser, J. Dalibard, A. Steane

Journal: Phys. Rev. A

Volume: 53

Page(s): 3369–3378

Year: 1996

DOI Number: 10.1103/PhysRevA.53.3369

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Atom-optics experiments are presented using a time-modulated evanescent light wave as an atomic mirror in the trampoline configuration, i.e., perpendicular to the direction of the atomic free fall. This modulated mirror is used to accelerate cesium atoms, to focus their trajectories, and to apply a ‘‘multiple lens’’ to separately focus different velocity classes of atoms originating from a point source. We form images of a simple two-slit object to show the resolution of the device. The experiments are modelled by a general treatment analogous to classical ray optics.

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