Photon recoil momentum in dispersive media

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Title Photon recoil momentum in dispersive media
Author Campbell, Gretchen K.; Leanhardt, Aaron E.; Mun, Jongchul; Boyd, Micah; Streed, Erik; Ketterle, Wolfgang; Pritchard, David E.
Journal Name Physical Review Letters
Year Published 2005
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Physical Society
Abstract A systematic shift of the photon recoil momentum due to the index of refraction of a dilute gas of atoms has been observed. The recoil frequency was determined with a two-pulse light grating interferometer using near-resonant laser light. The results show that the recoil momentum of atoms caused by the absorption of a photon is nhk, where n is the index of refraction of the gas and k is the vacuum wave vector of the photon. This systematic effect must be accounted for in high-precision atom interferometry with light gratings.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://prola.aps.org/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.170403
Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 American Physical Society. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 94
Issue Number 17
Page from 170403-1
Page to 170403-4
ISSN 0031-9007
Date Accessioned 2006-07-18
Date Available 2009-09-15T07:36:14Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Quantum Dynamics; Institute for Glycomics
Faculty Faculty of Science
Subject PRE2009-Atomic and Molecular Physics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/21553
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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