Journal article

Atom diffraction from magnetic gratings in the thin phase-grating approximation

TJ Davis

EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL D | SPRINGER | Published : 2001

Abstract

The problem of atom diffraction from a reflecting magnetic diffraction grating is solved in the thin phase-grating approximation. The general problem for scalar diffraction is modelled using a semi-classical method in which the grating potential is separated into a reflecting term and a diffracting term. The trajectory of the atom in the reflecting potential is solved classically and the atom wave function in the diffracting potential found by integrating the phase change along the classical trajectory. The diffraction orders are obtained after Fourier transforming the result. This can be done independently of the grating potential resulting in a general formula for the diffraction efficienc..

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