Diffraction of a released bose-einstein condensate by a pulsed standing light wave

Yu.B. Ovchinnikov, J.H. Mueller, M.R. Doery, E.J.D. Vredenbregt, K. Helmerson, S. Rolston, W.D. Phillips

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    Abstract

    We study the diffraction of a released sodium Bose-Einstein condensate by a pulsed standing light wave. The width of the momentum distribution of the diffracted atoms exhibits strong oscillations as a function of the pulse duration, corresponding to periodic focusing and collimation of the condensate inside the standing light wave. Applications of this thick grating regime of diffraction to atom interferometry are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)284-287
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Volume83
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1999

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