Tuesday, June 25, 2013

1306.5458 (Pedro Sancho)

Atomic diffraction by light gratings with very short wavelengths    [PDF]

Pedro Sancho
Lasers with wavelengths of the order of the atomic size are becoming available. We explore the behavior of light-matter interactions in this emergent field by considering the atomic Kapitza-Dirac effect. We derive the diffraction patterns, which are in principle experimentally testable. From a fundamental point of view, our proposal provides an example of system where the periodicity of the diffraction grating is comparable to the size of the diffracted object.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.5458

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