We have used a Gaussian standing-wave atom-optical lens to focus a thermal atomic beam. We examine the effect of variations in the intensity profile along the direction of the atomic beam on the performance of our atom-optical lens. For a constant focal-length atom-optical lens, we find that the resolution and contrast of the standing-wave lens are independent of the intensity profile.
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R. E. Behringer, Vasant Natarajan, and G. Timp, "Optimal profile for a Gaussian standing-wave atom-optical lens," Opt. Lett. 22, 114-116 (1997)