Atom interferometry based on light pulses: Application to the high precision measurement of the ratio h/m and the determination of the fine structure constant
Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, ENS, CNRS, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France
2 LNE-INM, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, 61 rue du Landy, 93210 La Plaine-Saint-Denis, France
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In this paper we present a short overview of atom interferometry based on light pulses. We discuss different implementations and their applications for high precision measurements. We will focus on the determination of the ratio h/m of the Planck constant to an atomic mass. The measurement of this quantity is performed by combining Bloch oscillations of atoms in a moving optical lattice with a Ramsey-Bordé interferometer.
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