Compression of atomic phase space using an asymmetric one-way barrier

M. G. Raizen, A. M. Dudarev, Qian Niu, N. J. Fisch

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We show how to construct asymmetric optical barriers for atoms. These barriers can be used to compress phase-space of a sample by creating a confined region in space where atoms can accumulate with heating at the single photon recoil level. We illustrate our method with a simple two-level model and then show how it can be applied to more realistic multilevel atoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number053003
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 11 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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