Experimental demonstration of the optical Stern-Gerlach effect

T. Sleator, T. Pfau, V. Balykin, O. Carnal, J. Mlynek

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    Abstract

    We report the observation of the splitting of an atomic beam by the optical Stern-Gerlach effect. A beam of metastable He atoms interacts with a nearly or exactly resonant laser field with a well-defined intensity gradient perpendicular to the atomic beam. The coherent splitting of the atomic beam is produced in the case of exact resonance. For the nonresonant case, a deflection of the atomic beam is observed. We have studied the splitting and deflection of the atomic beam as a function of laser detuning from resonance. Our results are in good agreement with theoretical predictions.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1996-1999
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Volume68
    Issue number13
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1992

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Sleator, T., Pfau, T., Balykin, V., Carnal, O., & Mlynek, J. (1992). Experimental demonstration of the optical Stern-Gerlach effect. Physical Review Letters, 68(13), 1996-1999. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.68.1996