Atomic Physics Seminars

Atomic
Monday, April 18, 2011
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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"Bose-Einstein Condensate Interferometry and Applications to Rotation Sensing"


Robert Horne , University of Virginia
[Host: Olivier Pfister]
ABSTRACT:
Atom interferometry has proven a useful tool for precision measurements. In particular, our 87Rb condensate interferometer has been used to create a gyroscope. Our first generation experiment, while limited, has served as a proof of principle. We have made efforts to overcome these limits in our second generation design. Specifically, our linear interferometer is limited by vibrations and will likely limit the performance of our gyroscope. This is an issue that is being approached from multiple fronts, as will be discussed.

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