Decoherence-induced wave packet splitting Academic Article uri icon


  • We provide an intuitive interpretation of the optical Stern-Gerlach effect (OSGE) in the dressed-state point of view. We also analyze the effect of atomic damping in an experiment on the OSGE. We show that the atomic damping also causes the wave packet splitting, in a non-mechanical fashion, as opposed to the coherent process that is mechanical.

author list (cited authors)

  • Chough, Y., Nha, H., Kim, S. W., Youn, S., & An, K.

complete list of authors

  • Chough, Young-Tak||Nha, Hyunchul||Kim, Sang Wook||Youn, Sun-Hyun||An, Kyungwon

publication date

  • August 2001