Ultra-slow and spatially compressed light pulses in Bose-Einstein condensates allow for halting light and imprinting optical information in atomic holograms that can be processed and read out. Generated "Quantum shock waves" reveal break-down of superfluidity.
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N. S. Ginsberg, S. R. Garner, C. Slowe, Z. Dutton, and L. V. Hau, "Ultra-Slow Light in Bose-Einstein Condensates: Shocking Matter and Transforming Light," in Slow and Fast Light, Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper TuA1.
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