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Cooling of atoms reflected from an evanescent light wave
Author(s): D. V. Laryushin; Yu. B. Ovchinnikov; V. I. Balykin; Vladilen S. Letokhov
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Paper Abstract

The first experimental observation of the sisyphus cooling in an evanescent light wave was carried out. We have observed a reduction of the transverse energy of Na atoms in a beam upon its reflection from the evanescent light wave, associated with the optical pumping between sublevels of the hyperfine structure of the atomic ground state. The initial transverse momentum of 42 $HBARk has been reduced to 28$HBARk in a single reflection event.

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Date Published: 6 May 1996
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2799, Atomic and Quantum Optics: High-Precision Measurements, (6 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239844
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D. V. Laryushin, Institute of Spectroscopy (Russia)
Yu. B. Ovchinnikov, Institute of Spectroscopy (Russia)
V. I. Balykin, Institute of Spectroscopy (Russia)
Vladilen S. Letokhov, Institute of Spectroscopy (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2799:
Atomic and Quantum Optics: High-Precision Measurements
Sergei N. Bagayev; Anatoly S. Chirkin, Editor(s)

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