Volume 74, Number 1, April 2006
|Page(s)||36 - 42|
|Section||Atomic and molecular physics|
|Published online||08 March 2006|
van der Waals - Zeeman transitions of metastable neon atoms passing through a micro-slit copper grating
Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers (UMR-CNRS no. 7538) Université Paris 13 - Av. J. B. Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse, France
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 14 February 2006
Surface-induced transitions between Zeeman sub-levels of metastable neon atoms traversing a micro-slit copper grating are investigated. The quadrupolar part of the surface van der Waals interaction suddenly perturbs the evolution of the Zeeman sub-levels in a magnetic field , giving rise to van der Waals - Zeeman transitions. Exothermal inelastic transitions are identified by the related deflection γ. In a diagram (γ, the location of the inelastic peaks is fitted by straight lines of slopes proportional to , where is the magnetic number change.
PACS: 34.50.Dy – Interactions of atoms and molecules with surfaces; photon and electron emission; neutralization of ions / 03.75.Be – Matter waves: Atom and neutron optics / 12.20.Fv – Quantum electrodynamics: Experimental tests
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