J. Phys. II France
Volume 2, Numéro 4, April 1992
Page(s) 593 - 599
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1992154
J. Phys. II France 2 (1992) 593-599

A strong magneto-optical force exerted on neutral atoms

R. Grimm1, V. S. Letokhov2, Yu. B. Ovchinnikov2 and A. I. Sidorov2

1  Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, W-6900 Heidelberg, Germany
2  Institute of Spectroscopy, Academy of Sciences, 142092 Troitsk, Moscow Region, Russia

(Received 11 December 1991, accepted 7 January 1992)

We report the theoretical prediction and the observation of a stimulated novel magneto-optical radiation force, acting on atoms located in a static magnetic field and irradiated by the resonant field of two counterpropagating monochromatic laser beams with different directions of polarization.

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