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Bose-Einstein condensation of lithium
Author(s): Randy G. Hulet; Curtis C. Bradley; C. A. Sackett
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Paper Abstract

Bose-Einstein condensation of 7Li has been studied in a magnetically trapped gas. Because of the effectively attractive interactions between 7Li atoms, many-body quantum theory predicts that the occupation number of the condensate is limited to about 1400 atoms. We observe the condensate number to be limited to a maximum value between 650 and 1300 atoms. The measurements were made using a versatile phase-contrast imaging technique. We discuss our measurements, the current theoretical understanding of BEC in a gas with attractive interactions, and future experiments we hope to perform.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2995, Atom Optics, (1 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273760
Show Author Affiliations
Randy G. Hulet, Rice Univ. (United States)
Curtis C. Bradley, Rice Univ. (United States)
C. A. Sackett, Rice Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2995:
Atom Optics
Mara Goff Prentiss; William D. Phillips, Editor(s)

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