Optical microlinear accelerator for molecules and atoms

P. F. Barker, M. N. Shneider

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The traveling periodic dipole potential of an accelerated optical lattice, created by high-intensity short-pulse lasers, can accelerate polarizable atoms and molecules that are initially at room temperature to hyperthermal velocities (10–100 km/s). We study the acceleration of trapped and untrapped ensembles of particles and show that a significant fraction (30%) of uniformly distributed particles can be accelerated to high velocities over micron-size distances, within nanosecond and subnanosecond time scales.
Original languageEnglish
Article number033408
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2001


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