Index of refraction for sodium matter waves traveling in a cold noble-gas medium

Shannon Blanchard, Dave Civello, Robert C. Forrey

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Abstract

The index of refraction for a sodium atom matter wave as a function of temperature and beam velocity was calculated. As such, resonances and glory oscillations were given in the center-of-mass scattering amplitude. However, to resolve the resonances and all but one of the oscillations in the index of refraction it would be necessary to significantly cool the noble-gas medium. The contribution to the refractive index coming from the helium gas would be smoothly varying, whereas the contribution coming from an argon or neon gas would reveal oscillatory behavior arising from glory scattering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013604
Pages (from-to)013604/1-013604/7
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume67
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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