Atomic reflection from a magnetic mirror: Beyond the adiabatic approximation
Institute of Physics and Astronomy, University of Aarhus,
8000 Århus C, Denmark
Revised: 18 January 2000
Published online: 15 August 2000
We present theoretical calculations for the reflection of atoms from a magnetic surface with a sinusoidal magnetization. A fully quantum mechanical treatment is possible because the problem may be reduced to an effective one-dimensional one. Results of numerical wave-packet calculations are presented and compared with an analytical model in which the atoms separate into different internal state components which follow classical paths in different potentials.
PACS: 03.75.Be – Atom and neutron optics / 34.50.-s – Scattering of atoms, molecules and ions / 39.20.+q – Atom interferometry techniques
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2000