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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 22, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2005
  • pp: 1554–1560

Blazed atom grating

Gáetan Lévêque and Renaud Mathevet  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 22, Issue 7, pp. 1554-1560 (2005)

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We present a method to create a blazed atomic diffraction grating by use of a periodical optical potential. Like its optical counterpart, the blazed atomic diffraction grating distributes intensity into a specific nonzero diffraction order. Total internal reflection of a laser beam coupled to the nanostructured surface of a prism results in transverse modulation of the intensity responsible for atomic diffraction. For specific illumination parameters and periodicity of the pattern, the long-range potential interacting with the atoms has an asymmetric sawtooth shape. Analytic and numerical calculations show that population diffracted in the + 1 order can be optimized to approximately 55%, with almost no population into the 1 order.

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OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings

Gáetan Lévêque and Renaud Mathevet, "Blazed atom grating," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 1554-1560 (2005)

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