Focusing ground-state xenon in a pulsed optical field

R. Fulton, A. I. Bishop, P. F. Barker

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We demonstrate a general scheme for manipulating atomic species by focusing ground state xenon atoms using large quasielectrostatic potentials created by high intensity (1012Wcm2), nanosecond, pulsed optical fields. The atomic density in the focal region was mapped out with a resolution of 2µm using resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization of neutral atoms in the vicinity of the focus. Measurements of the transverse xenon velocity induced by the optical field, and the focal length of the atom-optical lens, are in good agreement with a quasielectrostatic model based on the static polarizablity of xenon. © 2005 The American Physical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043404
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


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