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Diffraction-limited focusing of Bose-Einstein condensates

Arnold, A.S. and MacCormick, C. and Boshier, M.G. (2004) Diffraction-limited focusing of Bose-Einstein condensates. Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 37 (2). pp. 485-494. ISSN 0953-4075

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Abstract

Adjustable magnetic reflection and focusing of an 87Rb Bose-Einstein condensate was achieved using a particularly smooth mirror and a very straightforward apparatus. In this paper, we discuss a simple Thomas-Fermi model and a Monte Carlo method for analysing the bouncing. Both models are in close agreement with the observed condensate evolution. Additionally, the theory predicts very tight condensate focusing, and atomic matter-wave diffraction should be observable. The effect of mirror anharmonicities on the condensate focusing is investigated.

Item type: Article
ID code: 2866
Keywords: Bose-Einstein condensates, atomic matter-wave diffraction, quantum physics, photonics, optics, Optics. Light, Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics, Condensed Matter Physics
Subjects: Science > Physics > Optics. Light
Department: Faculty of Science > Physics
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    Depositing user: Mr Derek Boyle
    Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2007
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 12:31
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/2866

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