Theory of an atomic beam splitter based on velocity-tuned resonances

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

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We develop the theory of an atomic beam splitter in which a monoenergetic beam of two-level atoms is incident normally to a classical standing-wave light field. The incident atomic wave function can be split into two coherent components with transverse momenta (2n+1)Latin small letter h with strokek using velocity-tuned resonances, where n is the order of the resonance. We discuss the cases of zero- and first-order resonances in detail, and show that the velocity-tuned resonances are renormalized due to a high-frequency Stark shift. Numerical results that display the effects of a finite momentum spread in the incident atomic beam are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2455-2463
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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