Quantum Reflection

Quantum reflection is a physical phenomenon involving the reflection of a matter wave from an attractive potential. In classical physics, such a phenomenon is not possible; for instance when one magnet is pulled toward another, you do not expect one of the magnets to suddenly (i.e. before the magnets `touch') turn around and retreat in the opposite direction.

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Application of Quantum Reflection
... Quantum reflection makes the idea of solid-state atomic mirrors and atomic-beam imaging systems (atomic nanoscope) possible ... The use of quantum reflection in the production of atomic traps has also been suggested ... Up to year 2007, no commercial application of quantum reflection is reported ...

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