The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 39–46 | Cite as

Magnetic coherence gratings in a high-flux atomic beam

  • A. TonyushkinEmail author
  • A. Kumarakrishnan
  • A. Turlapov
  • T. Sleator
Atomic Physics


Magnetic coherence gratings have been created in a thermal beam of rubidium atoms. The coherence gratings involve superposition of magnetic sublevels of a single hyperfine ground state. These gratings are created via interaction with a single pulse that drives a two-photon transition between magnetic sublevels of the ground state. After the grating dephases due to the velocity distribution of the atoms, it is revived by the action of a second pulse, an effect that is similar to a photon echo. Such experiment is a first step toward generating periodic atomic structures using a high-flux atomic beam. Here, we present the experimental results and provide a detailed description of the apparatus that produces a high flux beam of thermal rubidium atoms.


Decay Time Rubidium Excitation Pulse Atomic Beam Magnetic Sublevel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Tonyushkin
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Kumarakrishnan
    • 1
  • A. Turlapov
    • 1
  • T. Sleator
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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