Self Refocusing of Atomic Momentum by Light Field

  • Chang Jae Lee
Conference paper


One of the well-known effects that are due to the wave nature of the atomic center of mass is the deflection of a beam of two-level atoms (moving along the z direction) by a laser standing wave (SW) applied along the transverse direction (x direction). Recently, new applications of the configuration but with two SW’s were reported1,2. In this paper a close analogy between the atom-multiple SW interaction and photon or spin echo phenomena will be discussed.


Standing Wave Bloch Vector Momentum Spread Ground State Wavefunction Atomic Momentum 
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    P. A. Ruprecht, M. J. Holland, and K. Burnett, Phys. Rev. A49, 4726 (1994).CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chang Jae Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistrySunmoon UniversityAsanKorea

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