We describe the fabrication of an atom mirror by etching of a common hard drive, and we report the observation of specular retroreflection of 11 μK cesium atoms using this mirror. The atoms were trapped and cooled above the hard drive using the mirror magneto-optical trap technique, and upon release, two full bounces were detected. The hard drive atom mirror will be a useful tool for both atom optics and quantum computation.
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Research Article| July 08 2003
Atom mirror etched from a hard drive
Benjamin Lev, Yves Lassailly, Chungsok Lee, Axel Scherer, Hideo Mabuchi; Atom mirror etched from a hard drive. Appl. Phys. Lett. 14 July 2003; 83 (2): 395–397. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1592305
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