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Coherent atom optics
Author(s): Francesco S. Cataliotti; Chiara Fort; Massimo Inguscio
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Paper Abstract

The experimental realization of Bose-Einstein condensates in dilute alkali gases has opened up the possibility to perform time and space domain interferometry with coherent matter waves. We have exploited different configurations realizing coherent matter wave interferometers: in a first set of exeperiments we create a twofold condensate sample investigating the interplay between internal and external degrees of freedom in the matter wave analogous of a Young diffraction experiment. In a second experimental arrangement we produce a one dimensional array of condensates in an optical lattice. Upon release from the optical lattice the condensates are made to interfere, the resulting interference pattern, this time analogous to an optical diffraction grating, is used to extract information about static and dynamical properties of the sample.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 November 2003
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 4829, 19th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for the Quality of Life, (19 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.531051
Show Author Affiliations
Francesco S. Cataliotti, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Chiara Fort, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Massimo Inguscio, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4829:
19th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for the Quality of Life
Giancarlo C. Righini; Anna Consortini, Editor(s)

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