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Cesium atoms bouncing in a stable gravitational cavity.

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A curved mirror for atoms was made from an evanescent wave, formed by internal reflection of a quasiresonant laser beam at a curved glass surface. A cold cloud of cesium atoms was dropped onto the mirror and observed to rebound more than 8 times. The mirror size and reflectivity were studied, and reasonable agreement with a simple theory obtained. With 800 mW of laser power and a mirror of 1 mm diameter, we observed up to 73% of the atoms returning after each bounce, the losses being mostly d...

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10.1103/physrevlett.71.3083

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atomic and Laser Physics
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Journal:
Physical review letters
Volume:
71
Issue:
19
Pages:
3083-3086
Publication date:
1993-11-05
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EISSN:
1079-7114
ISSN:
0031-9007
URN:
uuid:e546a93b-4bf5-480e-89d3-db40fd740c0c
Source identifiers:
4117
Local pid:
pubs:4117
Language:
English

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