Phasor analysis of atom diffraction from a rotated material grating

Alexander D. Cronin, John D. Perreault

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Abstract

The use of atom diffraction from a rotated material grating to detect an atom-surface interaction was discussed. A phasor diagram was developed to explain why there are no missing orders in atom diffraction form material gratings. It was demonstrated that atom-surface interactions combined with rotated grating structures can produce asymmetric diffraction patterns. It was suggested that by twisting a 100-nm period diffraction grating, atom-surface interactions can prevent missing orders and cause asymmetric diffraction patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043607
Pages (from-to)043607-1-043607-5
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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