Normal incidence reflection of Na atoms on an enhanced evanescent wave mirror

M. D. Hoogerland, L. Monz, K. Helmerson, W. D. Phillips, R. Kaiser, C. I. Westbrook

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Abstract

This study has used the evanescent wave that is formed by total internal reflection of a strong laser beam in a glass prism. Presented are the first measurements using such an enhanced evanescent wave as a mirror in which to reflect atoms at normal incidence. Sodium atoms are collected in a magneto-optical trap, cooled and then released to accelerate in the gravity field. A large enhancement of the evanescent wave is reported, which is observed by reflection of atoms dropped from a 10-mm height on a large area atomic mirror up until large detunings using moderate amounts of laser power.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Quantum Electronics Conference - Technical Digest
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th European Quantum Electronics Conference; Amsterdam, Neth; ; 28 August 1994 through 2 September 1994
Pages12-13
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1994
EventProceedings of the 5th European Quantum Electronics Conference - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Aug 19942 Sep 1994
Conference number: 5th

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 5th European Quantum Electronics Conference
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period28/08/942/09/94

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