We propose a new coherent atomic beam splitter that is based on the induced redistribution of photons in the intense field of two collinear standing waves with different frequencies. In the dressed-atom approach, we show that this scheme can provide a clear large-angle splitting into two components without being restricted to the Raman-Nath regime.
The evolution of the transverse momentum of monochromatic light entering a multimode planar waveguide at large angle is investigated. We report on oscillations of the momentum caused by the beatings between the adjacent populated modes of the waveguide and their periodic collapses and revivals. A new type of an interferometer based on this effect with… (More)