We study the dynamics of atomic waves in longitudinally modulated light crystals using an effective complex potential with time (space) dependent detuning. In the weak coupling regime we predict a sharp asymmetry of the scattering probability near the Bragg angle. In the strong coupling case we introduce the concept of a light crystal with "complex kick." We have found that the initially blue detuned crystal is much more transparent for atomic waves. Moreover, the probability distribution of the outgoing wave shows carpetlike interference structure.
|Publication status||Published - 2000|