From single- to multiple-photon decoherence in an atom interferometer

D. A. Kokorowski, A. D. Cronin, T. D. Roberts, D. E. Pritchard

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Abstract

The decoherence of a spatially separated atomic superposition is measured. This superposition is the effect of spontaneous photon scattering. The decoherence rate constant is verified in the many-photon limit. As the number of scattered photon increases, a qualitative change in decoherence is observed as compared to separation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2191-2195
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume86
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 12 2001
Externally publishedYes

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