Transverse diffusion in isotropic light slowing

T.G. Aardema, R.M.S. Knops, S.P.L. Nijsten, K.A.H. Leeuwen, van, J.P.J. Driessen, H.C.W. Beijerinck

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)
174 Downloads (Pure)


We have demonstrated the slowing of a beam of cold (180 K) metastable neon atoms in a diffuse reflecting cylindrical cavity with monochromatic light. Using a well-collimated atomic beam entering the cavity, it is shown that stimulated emission has a major effect on the transverse velocity distribution. A large saturation parameter s results in a loss mechanism for the center line beam intensity. A Monte Carlo simulation shows that the light intensity should be evenly distributed with moderate saturation conditions, to optimize the slowing effect while minimizing the transverse diffusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)748-751
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1996


Dive into the research topics of 'Transverse diffusion in isotropic light slowing'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this