Accession Number : ADA303073

Title :   New Developments in Atom Interferometry.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 May 92-30 Apr 95,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LAB OF ELECTRONICS

Personal Author(s) : Pritchard, David

PDF Url : ADA303073

Report Date : 13 JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : Atom interferometers may well be the most important development in atomic physics in the 1990's. Following the near simultaneous demonstration of four atom interferometers in 1991 (CAM9 1, KAC9 1, KET9 1, RKW9 1), intense activity has been devoted to developing better atom beamsplitters ASM94 and some effort has been devoted to applying these instruments to the wide range of fundamental and applied scientific problems for which they are so well suited. In the current grant period we have developed our atom interferometer and used it to perform several novel measurements in atomic and molecular physics and also to address several fundamental questions in quantum mechanics.

Descriptors :   *INTERFEROMETRY, POLARIZATION, CONTRAST, QUANTUM THEORY, INTENSITY, REFRACTIVE INDEX, SODIUM, ATOMS, MOLECULAR BEAMS, GRATINGS(SPECTRA), COHERENT OPTICAL RADIATION, INTERFERENCE, PHOTONS, MOLECULAR STRUCTURE, GROUND STATE, WAVE FUNCTIONS, INTERFEROMETERS, PHASE SHIFT, ATOMIC ENERGY LEVELS, ATOMIC BEAMS.

Subject Categories : Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE