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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 1989
  • pp: 1186–1188

Uncertainty-limited position measurement of moving atoms using optical fields

J. E. Thomas  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 14, Issue 21, pp. 1186-1188 (1989)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.14.001186


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Abstract

A method for measuring atomic spatial distributions is suggested, based on Raman transitions in an applied force field. This technique eliminates the Doppler effect and provides high-frequency resolution for long-lived states, leading to position resolution that is fundamentally limited by the uncertainty principle. The effects of atomic motion are discussed, and a simplified analysis of the method is presented.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: May 11, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: August 1, 1989
Published: November 1, 1989

Citation
J. E. Thomas, "Uncertainty-limited position measurement of moving atoms using optical fields," Opt. Lett. 14, 1186-1188 (1989)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-14-21-1186

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