Friday, February 20, 2004
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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"Atom Interferometry using Bose-Einstein condensates"

Cass Sackett , UVA
[Host: Thomas Gallagher]
One of the chief applications envisioned for Bose-Einstein condensation is atom interferometry, in which the wave-like nature of a condensate is used to full advantage. A plethora of uses can be imagined, ranging from inertial sensing to probing surfaces. However, a variety of practical and fundamental obstacles must be overcome before condensate interferometry can be competitive with other techniques, even in a research setting. I will discuss our current understanding of these problems and some possible solutions, and report on progress in our experimental effort to build a condensate interferometer.

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