Pulsed standing wave deflection of sodium atoms
Department of Engineering Physics and Mathematics, Helsinki University of Technology,
02015 HUT, Espoo, Finland
Revised: 27 January 1999
Published online: 15 October 1999
We study the deflection of sodium atoms by a resonantly tuned pulsed standing wave of high field intensity. The effects of the phase fluctuations of the pulsed laser field on the momentum distribution of the deflected atoms are experimentally determined. The results are explained using a theoretical model based on the generalized density matrix formalism of two-level atoms.
PACS: 32.80.Lg – Mechanical effects of light on atoms, molecules, and ions
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 1999