We present a theoretical study of the index of refraction of argon for the propagation of sodium matter waves. The sensitivity of the index of refraction to the details of the molecular potential curve is analyzed. Our calculations reveal velocity-dependent oscillations in the index of refraction that may be detectable, particularly at low temperatures, in atom interferometry measurements. A procedure for refining molecular potential curves is outlined.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics