Atomic diffraction by light gratings with very short wavelengths
Centro de Láseres Pulsados, CLPU 37008
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Received in final form: 26 March 2013
Published online: 20 June 2013
Lasers with wavelengths of the order of the atomic size are becoming available. We explore the behavior of light-matter interactions in this emergent field by considering the atomic Kapitza-Dirac effect. We derive the diffraction patterns, which are in principle experimentally testable. From a fundamental point of view, our proposal provides an example of system where the periodicity of the diffraction grating is comparable to the size of the diffracted object.
Key words: Optical Phenomena and Photonics
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