Retardation effects on quantum reflection from an evanescent-wave atomic mirror

R. Côté, B. Segev, M. G. Raizen

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We calculate the reflection probability for ultracold sodium atoms incident on an evanescent-wave atomic mirror. For low enough energies the reflection probability curves exhibit quantum effects that are sensitive to the long-range part of the potential and can therefore be used to resolve Casimir retardation effects. We also explore the accuracy of model potentials approximating the exact atom-wall effective potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3999-4013
Number of pages15
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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