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Distillation of bose-einstein condensates in a double-well potential.

Authors
  • Shin, Y
  • Saba, M
  • Schirotzek, A
  • Pasquini, T A
  • Leanhardt, A E
  • Pritchard, D E
  • Ketterle, W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Physical review letters
Publication Date
Apr 16, 2004
Volume
92
Issue
15
Pages
150401–150401
Identifiers
PMID: 15169269
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Bose-Einstein condensates of sodium atoms, prepared in an optical dipole trap, were distilled into a second empty dipole trap adjacent to the first one. The distillation was driven by thermal atoms spilling over the potential barrier separating the two wells and then forming a new condensate. This process serves as a model system for metastability in condensates, provides a test for quantum kinetic theories of condensate formation, and also represents a novel technique for creating or replenishing condensates in new locations.

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