We study the influence of spontaneous emission on atom diffraction by a standing wave laser field. We characterize, analytically, the major regimes of the near-resonant Kapitza-Dirac effect and study, numerically, the influence of spontaneous emission. In particular, we discuss in some detail two important classes of two-beam resonances which are major candidates to develop effective atom beam splitters, the so-called Bragg and Doppleron resonances.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Applied Physics B Photophysics and Laser Chemistry|
|State||Published - May 1992|
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