Optical Review

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 363–366 | Cite as

Reflection of Waves from a Ridged Surface and the Zeno Effect

GENERAL AND PHYSICAL OPTICS

Abstract

Reflection of waves from a ridged surface is interpreted as the spatial Zeno effect. This interpretation leads to a simple estimate for the coefficient of reflection. This estimate shows good agreement with experimental data of scattering of cold atoms from ridged surfaces.

Key words

Zeno effect quantum reflection specular reflection cold atoms atomic mirror atom optics screen problem 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Laser ScienceUniversity of Electro-CommunicationsChofu, TokyoJapan

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