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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 18 — Aug. 30, 2010
  • pp: 18712–18719

The Hanbury Brown-Twiss effect in a pulsed atom laser

A. G. Manning, S. S. Hodgman, R. G. Dall, M. T. Johnsson, and A. G. Truscott  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 18, pp. 18712-18719 (2010)

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We have used the Hanbury Brown-Twiss effect to directly compare the density correlations of a pulsed atom laser and a pulsed ultracold thermal source of metastable helium. It was found that the isotropic RF outcoupling of atoms from a Bose-Einstein condensate does not result in decoherence, while the ‘bunching’ typical of incoherent sources was observed for thermal atoms. This new method significantly increases data acquisition rates compared to previous measurements, and also permits future novel experiments which may allow us to probe processes such as the birth and death of a condensate by monitoring correlation effects.

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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

Original Manuscript: May 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 21, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 17, 2010
Published: August 18, 2010

A. G. Manning, S. S. Hodgman, R. G. Dall, M. T. Johnsson, and A. G. Truscott, "The Hanbury Brown-Twiss effect in a pulsed atom laser," Opt. Express 18, 18712-18719 (2010)

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