Atom optical interpretation of Bloch oscillations
Fakultät für Physik der Universität Konstanz - Postfach 5560 M 674
D-78434 Konstanz, Germany
Accepted: 27 August 1996
The cyclic motion of particles in a periodic potential under the influence of a constant external force is analyzed in an atom optical approach based on Landau-Zener transitions between two resonant states. The resulting complex picture of population transfers can be interpreted in an intuitive diagrammatic way. The model is also applied to genuine atom optical systems and its applicability is discussed.
PACS: 42.50.Vk – Mechanical effects of light on atoms, molecules, electrons, and ions
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