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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 18 — Sep. 1, 2008
  • pp: 13893–13900

Probing a Bose-Einstein condensate with an atom laser

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

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 18, pp. 13893-13900 (2008)

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A pulsed atom laser derived from a Bose-Einstein condensate is used to probe a second target condensate. The target condensate scatters the incident atom laser pulse. From the spatial distribution of scattered atoms, one can infer important properties of the target condensate and its interaction with the probe pulse. As an example, we measure the s-wave scattering length that, in low energy collisions, describes the interaction between the |F=1,mF =-1〉 and |F=2,mF =0〉 hyperfine ground states in87Rb.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(020.2070) Atomic and molecular physics : Effects of collisions
(020.1335) Atomic and molecular physics : Atom optics
(020.1475) Atomic and molecular physics : Bose-Einstein condensates

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: July 11, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 13, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2008
Published: August 22, 2008

D. Döring, N. P. Robins, C. Figl, and J. D. Close, "Probing a Bose-Einstein condensate with an atom laser," Opt. Express 16, 13893-13900 (2008)

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