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On the recoil and Doppler shifts

Barnett, Stephen M. (2010) On the recoil and Doppler shifts. Journal of Modern Optics, 57 (14-15). pp. 1445-1447. ISSN 0950-0340

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The recoil shift due to the finite mass of an absorbing atom is, when viewed in the right way, simply part of the total Doppler shift. This is true both in the low speed and relativistic limits and also for the reflection of light from a low-mass mirror.