Lattice interferometer for laser-cooled atoms

Mikkel F. Andersen, Tycho Sleator

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    Abstract

    We demonstrate an atom interferometer in which atoms are laser cooled into a 1D optical lattice, suddenly released, and later subjected to a pulsed optical lattice. For short pulses, a simple analytical theory predicts the signal. We investigate both short and longer pulses where the analytical theory fails. Longer pulses yield higher precision and larger signals, and we observe a coherent signal at times that can differ significantly from the expected echo time. The interferometer has potential for precision measurements of mA, and can probe the dynamics of atoms in an optical lattice.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number070402
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Volume103
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 10 2009

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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