Optical Stern-Gerlach effect from the Zeeman-like ac Stark shift

Chang Yong Park, Ji Young Kim, Jong Min Song, Donghyun Cho

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Abstract

The Stern-Gerlach effect on a paramagnetic atom was demonstrated by simply using a light field in place of magnetic field. Since a laser beam can be tightly focused with lenses, made into a standing wave, and used for optical pumping, the laser-induced Stern-Gerlach force provides a versatile tool in optically manipulating atomic motion in a spin-dependent way. As a byproduct, a method of producing a slow atomic beam from a magneto-optical trap with better control on its velocity and population distributions was developed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume65
Issue number3 B
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Mar 1

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Optical Stern-Gerlach effect from the Zeeman-like ac Stark shift. / Park, Chang Yong; Kim, Ji Young; Song, Jong Min; Cho, Donghyun.

In: Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, Vol. 65, No. 3 B, 01.03.2002.

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