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The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 419–425 | Cite as

Influence of lasers propagation delay on the sensitivity of atom interferometers

  • J. Le GouëtEmail author
  • P. Cheinet
  • J. Kim
  • D. Holleville
  • A. Clairon
  • A. Landragin
  • F. Pereira Dos Santos
Atomic Physics

Abstract.

In atom interferometers based on two photon transitions, the delay induced by the difference of the laser beams paths makes the interferometer sensitive to the fluctuations of the frequency of the lasers. We first study, in the general case, how the laser frequency noise affects the performance of the interferometer measurement. Our calculations are compared with the measurements performed on our cold atom gravimeter based on stimulated Raman transitions. We finally extend this study to the case of cold atom gradiometers.

PACS.

39.20.+q Atom interferometry techniques 32.80.Pj Optical cooling of atoms; trapping 06.20.-f Metrology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Le Gouët
    • 1
    Email author
  • P. Cheinet
    • 1
  • J. Kim
    • 1
  • D. Holleville
    • 1
  • A. Clairon
    • 1
  • A. Landragin
    • 1
  • F. Pereira Dos Santos
    • 1
  1. 1.LNE-SYRTE, Observatoire de Paris, LNE, CNRSParisFrance

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