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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 5 — Mar. 3, 2008
  • pp: 3368–3375

The general astigmatic matter wave

Jun Chen, Qiang Lin, and Yunxian Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 5, pp. 3368-3375 (2008)

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A new sort of matter wave with the general astigmatism is proposed, whose orientation of the phase front and the density profile are crossed. A generalized ABCD law is developed to treat the evolution of the general astigmatic matter wave. It is revealed that two “cylindrical lens” pulses with oblique orientations can bring general astigmatism to the matter wave. The evolution characteristics of the general astigmatic matter wave in the gravitational field is discussed and illustrated numerically in detail. It is found that the orientations of the density profile and the phase front of the matter wave rotate continuously during evolution.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(140.3320) Lasers and laser optics : Laser cooling
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: November 26, 2007
Revised Manuscript: February 10, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 10, 2008
Published: February 28, 2008

Jun Chen, Qiang Lin, and Yunxian Liu, "The general astigmatic matter wave," Opt. Express 16, 3368-3375 (2008)

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