Dynamics of cold atoms crossing a one-way barrier

@article{Thorn2009DynamicsOC,
  title={Dynamics of cold atoms crossing a one-way barrier},
  author={J. Thorn and E. Schoene and T. Li and D. Steck},
  journal={Physical Review A},
  year={2009},
  volume={79},
  pages={063402}
}
  • J. Thorn, E. Schoene, +1 author D. Steck
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • Physical Review A
  • when incident on one side of the barrier but reflect from the other. This asymmetric barrier is a realization of Maxwell’s demon, which can be employed to produce phase-space compression and has implications for cooling atoms and molecules not amenable to standard laser-cooling techniques. The barrier comprises two focused Gaussian laser beams that intersect the focus of a far-off-resonant single-beam optical dipole trap that holds the atoms. The main barrier beam presents a state-dependent… CONTINUE READING

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