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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 23 — Nov. 9, 2009
  • pp: 20661–20668

Ramsey interferometry with an atom laser

D. Döring, J. E. Debs, N. P. Robins, C. Figl, P. A. Altin, and J. D. Close  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 23, pp. 20661-20668 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.020661


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Abstract

We present results on a free-space atom interferometer operating on the first order magnetically insensitive |F=1, mF =0〉→|F=2,mF =0〉 ground state transition of Bose-condensed 87Rb atoms. A pulsed atom laser is output-coupled from a Bose-Einstein condensate and propagates through a sequence of two internal state beam splitters, realized via coherent Raman transitions between the two interfering states. We observe Ramsey fringes with a visibility close to 100% and determine the current and the potentially achievable interferometric phase sensitivity. This system is well suited to testing recent proposals for generating and detecting squeezed atomic states.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(020.1335) Atomic and molecular physics : Atom optics
(020.1475) Atomic and molecular physics : Bose-Einstein condensates

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

History
Original Manuscript: September 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 23, 2009
Published: October 26, 2009

Citation
D Döring, J. E. Debs, N. P. Robins, C. Figl, P. A. Altin, and J. D. Close, "Ramsey interferometry with an atom laser," Opt. Express 17, 20661-20668 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-23-20661


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