Refraction of Beams of Molecules

  title={Refraction of Beams of Molecules},
  author={Isidor I. Rabi},
  • I. Rabi
  • Published 1 February 1929
  • Physics
  • Nature
IN the Stern-Gerlach experiment the deviation of a beam of molecules in a magnetic (or electric) field is comparable to the optical case of the refraction suffered by a beam of light in traversing a medium, the refractive index of which varies in a direction perpendicular to the beam; the variation of the refractive index being analogous to the force or gradient of the field. However, in optical instruments the standard method of obtaining refraction is to allow the beam to travel from a… 
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