Quantum reflection and interference of matter waves from periodically doped surfaces

Benjamin A. Stickler*, Uzi Even, Klaus Hornberger

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Abstract

We show that periodically doped, flat surfaces can act as reflective diffraction gratings for atomic and molecular matter waves. The diffraction element is realized by exploiting the fact that charged dopants locally suppress quantum reflection from the Casimir-Polder potential. We present a general quantum scattering theory for reflection off periodically charged surfaces and discuss the requirements for the observation of multiple diffraction peaks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013614
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume91
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 13 Jan 2015

Funding

FundersFunder number
Seventh Framework Programme304886

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