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Optics and Interferometry with Atoms and Molecules

  • Jörg Schmiedmayer
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Abstract

The development of wave optics for light brought many new insights into our understanding of physics, driven by fundamental experiments like the ones by Young, Fizeau, Michelson-Morley and others. Quantum mechanics, and especially the de Broglie’s postulate relating the momentum p of a particle to the wave vector k of an matter wave: k = 2 λ = p/ℏ, suggested that wave optical experiments should be also possible with massive particles (see table 1), and over the last 40 years electron and neutron interferometers have demonstrated many fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics [1].

Keywords

Light Field Matter Wave Atom Interferometer Atom Chip Atom Interferometry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörg Schmiedmayer
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  1. 1.Institut für Experimentalphysik, Physikalisches InstitutUniversität Innsbruck , Universität HeidelbergVilletaneuseFrance

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