Spontaneous emission in the near-resonant kapitza-dirac effect

E. Schumacher, M. Wilkens, P. Meystre, S. Glasgow

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-466
Number of pages16
JournalApplied Physics B Photophysics and Laser Chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1992
Externally publishedYes


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