Pulsed Standing-Wave Mirror for Neutral Atoms and Molecules

P. Ryytty, M. Kaivola

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Reflection of neutral atoms and molecules by a pulsed standing wave with a duration on the order of nanoseconds is studied. It is shown that, with a suitable choice of the laser parameter values, each period of the standing-wave pattern functions as an independent mirror, thus providing a novel way to manipulate large samples of neutral gas-phase particles even with a single laser pulse. At moderate field intensities, the pulsed standing-wave mirror would be directly applicable, e.g., for the manipulation of buffer-gas cooled molecules.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5074-5077
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2000
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • atom optics
  • molecule optics
  • pulsed atom mirror
  • pulsed molecule mirror

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