Accession Number:

ADA282483

Title:

Matter-Wave Interferometry with Laser Cooled Atoms

Descriptive Note:

Annual progress rept.

Corporate Author:

OREGON STATE UNIV CORVALLIS DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

This research program is concerned with matter-wave interferometry of laser cooled atoms. A slow beam of laser cooled rubidium atoms will be used as the matter-wave source. The atom optical elements are microfabricated amplitude transmission gratings which will be used in a three-grating interferometer to split and recombine the rubidium beam. The atomic interferometer will be a useful new tool with which to perform precision experiments in atomic physics, quantum optics, and gravitation. The research program takes advantage of three new technologies, the combination of which provides a unique opportunity to construct a compact and stable interferometer. The techniques of laser cooling and trapping are used to produce cold rubidium atoms in a well collimated beam. Commercially available diode lasers with optical feedback frequency stabilization are used for the laser cooling and trapping beams and for atomic beam diagnostics.

Subject Categories:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Lasers and Masers
  • Optics
  • Particle Accelerators

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE