Aharonov-Bohm scattering of neutral atoms
Abteilung für Quantenphysik, Universität Ulm -
89069 Ulm, Germany
2 Institut für Physik, Universität Potsdam - Postfach 60 15 53, 14415 Potsdam, Germany
Accepted: 3 April 1998
We study the scattering of quantum particles in the presence of an Aharonov-Bohm vortex and in an arbitrary cylindrically symmetric potential. In particular we address the scattering of atoms carrying dipole moments induced by an electrically charged wire and a homogeneous magnetic field. We argue that, despite the strong attraction of the wire, an Aharonov-Bohm effect will be visible.
PACS: 03.75.Be – Atom and neutron optics / 03.65.Bz – Foundations, theory of measurement, miscellaneous theories (including Aharonov Bohm effect, Bell inequalities, Berry's phase) / 03.65.Nk – Nonrelativistic scattering theory
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