Transition from diffraction to diffusion in the near-resonant Kapitza-Dirac effect: a numerical approach

M. Wilkens, E. Schumacher, P. Meystre

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We present selected results from a numerical analysis of the transition between the diffractive and diffusive regimes of the near- resonant Kapitza-Dirac effect. Our solution explicitly retains the kinetic energy term in the atomic Hamiltonian and is applicable in all parameter regions, from the Raman-Nath to the Bragg regime and from the purely diffractive to the diffusive limit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-40
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 15 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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