Deflection of laser-excited atoms by an electric field

M. H. Mittleman, K. Rubin, R. H. Callender, J. I. Gersten

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An experiment is analyzed in which an atomic beam in a collinear, counterstreaming laser beam is deflected by an inhomogeneous dc electric field. The force acting on the translational motion of the atom is found. This describes a modification of the deflection due to the laser. The atom tends to decouple itself from the laser, but a method is suggested for a continuous recoupling. This can result in a large difference in the scattering between atoms coupled to the laser and atoms uncoupled. The applicability to isotope separation is pointed out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-588
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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