Normal-incidence reflection of slow atoms from an optical evanescent wave

Mark A. Kasevich, David S. Weiss, Steven Chu

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We demonstrate specular reflection for laser-cooled atoms dropped onto a gradient-light-force mirror. Transit times of 264 msec are observed for atoms dropped from a height of 2.0 cm and bouncing twice on the evanescent wave before being detected. Of the 107 atoms initially dropped, 3 × 103 are detected after 264 msec.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-609
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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