Quantum reflection from an atomic mirror

B. Segev, R. Co⁁té, M. G. Raizen

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We calculate the reflection probability for ultracold atoms incident on an evanescent-wave atomic mirror, and analyze the optimum conditions to observe quantum reflection. We find that averaging over the Gaussian profile of the laser beam dramatically reduces the quantum signature, and consider the effects of an appropriate aperture that limits the variation of beam intensity. We show that quantum reflection is particularly sensitive to details of the atom-surface potential, and could be used to resolve retardation effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R3350-R3353
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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