J. Phys. II France
Volume 4, Numéro 11, November 1994
Page(s) 1939 - 1953
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1994241
J. Phys. II France 4 (1994) 1939-1953

Reflecting slow atoms from a damped resonator

Marco Battocletti and Berthold-Georg Englert

Sektion Physik, Universität München, Theresienstrasse 37/III, D-80333 München, Germany

(Received 17 May 1994, revised 25 July 1994, accepted 7 September 1994)

Previous studies of the reflection of slow excited atoms entering an empty microwave resonator are extended by including the dissipation of the photon energy into the description. For typical parameter values, this leads to a reduction of the reflection probability by a factor of ten. Somewhat unexpectedly, we also find that the transmitted atoms may gain in kinetic energy as a result of the photon damping.

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