Coherent acceleration of material wave packets

Farhan Saif, Pierre Meystre

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


We study the quantum dynamics of a material wave packet bouncing off a modulated atomic mirror in the presence of a gravitational field. We find the occurrence of coherent accelerated dynamics for atoms. The acceleration takes place for certain initial phase space data and within specific windows of modulation strengths. The realization of the proposed acceleration scheme is within the range of present day experimental possibilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrom Quantum to Cosmos
Subtitle of host publicationFundamental Physics Research in Space
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789814261210
ISBN (Print)9814261203, 9789814261203
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Acceleration
  • Coherence
  • Matter waves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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