Theory of atomic diffraction from evanescent waves
C. Henkel, H. Wallis, N. Westbrook, C. I. Westbrook, A. Aspect, K. Sengstock, and W. Ertmer
Appl. Phys. B 69 (1999) 277-289.
(special issue `Atom optics with laser cooled atoms')
We review recent theoretical models and experiments dealing with the diffraction of neutral atoms from a reflection grating, formed by a standing evanescent wave. We analyze diffraction mechanisms proposed for normal and grazing incidence, point out their scopes and confront the theory with experiment.
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