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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 19, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1773–1776

Noninterferometric phase imaging of a neutral atomic beam

P. J. Fox, T. R. Mackin, L. D. Turner, I. Colton, K. A. Nugent, and R. E. Scholten  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 19, Issue 8, pp. 1773-1776 (2002)

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We demonstrate quantitative phase imaging of a neutral atomic beam by using a noninterferometric technique. A collimated thermal atomic beam is phase shifted by an off-resonant traveling laser beam with both a Gaussian and a TEM01 profile and with both red and blue detuning of as much as 50 GHz. Phase variations of more than 1000 rad were recovered from velocity-selective measurements of the propagation of the atomic beam and were found to be in quantitative agreement with theoretical predictions based on independently measured phase object intensity profiles and detunings.

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OCIS Codes
(100.5070) Image processing : Phase retrieval
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase

P. J. Fox, T. R. Mackin, L. D. Turner, I. Colton, K. A. Nugent, and R. E. Scholten, "Noninterferometric phase imaging of a neutral atomic beam," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1773-1776 (2002)

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