Ultracold atoms

With the aid of a laser, researchers were recently able to cool tiny quantities of matter (less than one million atoms) to extremely low temperatures, very close to the “absolute zero”. At these temperatures, the laws of quantum mechanics apply and atoms behave as waves. In an “atom interferometer” the two-slit experiments by Young is performed with matter rather than light.

In our work we study the interference between two Bose-Einstein condensates, initially prepared in a non-equilibrium state. In the picture on the left, the colors indicate the predicted phases of two condensates at the beginning of the experiment and the wavy lines the resulting interference fringes. Click here to see the movie. The experiment that we proposed is currently being realized in the group by Joerg Schmiedmayer.

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*See also Science paper by M. Endres etal, “Observation of Correlated Particle-Hole Pairs and String Order in Low-Dimensional Mott Insulators”

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