Quantum-nondemolition measurement of atomic momentum

Tycho Sleator, Martin Wilkens

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    We present a quantum-nondemolition measurement scheme in which one component of the momentum of an atom traversing a propagating light wave is measured by monitoring a quandrature phase of the field. We show how a selective version of the measurement may be used to reduce the transverse momentum spread of an atomic beam and we suggest how this scheme could be used to transversely cool a beam of atoms in the absence of spontaneous emission.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)3286-3290
    Number of pages5
    JournalPhysical Review A
    Volume48
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1993

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    Quantum-nondemolition measurement of atomic momentum. / Sleator, Tycho; Wilkens, Martin.

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    Sleator, Tycho ; Wilkens, Martin. / Quantum-nondemolition measurement of atomic momentum. In: Physical Review A. 1993 ; Vol. 48, No. 4. pp. 3286-3290.
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