J. Phys. II France
Volume 4, Number 11, November 1994
Page(s) 1999 - 2027
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1994103
J. Phys. II France 4 (1994) 1999-2027

The Feynman path integral approach to atomic interferometry. A tutorial

Pippa Storey and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

Collège de France and Laboratoire Kastler Brossel de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

(Received 22 September 1994, accepted 26 September 1994)

Many problems of current interest in atomic interferometry lend themselves to a path integral treatment. We present a practical guide to solving such problems, taking as examples the gravitational experiments of Kasevich and Chu, and the atomic equivalents of the Sagnac and Aharonov-Bohm effects.

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