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Magneto-optic piston effect
S. Dattagupta, , J. Singh
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Volume: 83
Issue: 4
Pages: 710 - 713
Light-induced drift of optically active atoms in a buffer gas is a consequence of the unequal diffusive frictions suffered by the excited and the ground-state atoms. This drift can be used to create an “optical piston,” which is best observed when the piston action is confined to a one-dimensional motion. We show that a novel way of realizing this phenomenon is to apply a magnetic field on charged active atoms. © 1999 The American Physical Society.
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