Producing and detecting correlated atoms

C.I. Westbrook, M. Schellekens, A. Perrin, V. Krachmalnicoff, J. Viana Gomes, J.-B. Trebbia, J. Esteve, H. Chang, I. Bouchoule, D. Boiron, A. Aspect, T. Jeltes, J.M. McNamara, W. Hogervorst, Wim Vassen

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We discuss experiments to produce and detect atom correlations in a degenerate or nearly degenerate gas of neutral atoms. First we treat the atomic analog of the celebrated Hanbury Brown Twiss experiment, in which atom correlations result simply from interference effects without any atom interactions. We have performed this experiment for both bosons and fermions. Next we show how atom interactions produce correlated atoms using the atomic analog of spontaneous four-wavemixing. Finally, we briefly mention experiments on a one dimensional gas on an atom chip in which correlation effects due to both interference and interactions have been observed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn “Atomic Physics 20”, Proc. of the XX International Conference on Atomic Physics, AIP Conference Proceedings
EditorsC Roos, H. Häffner, R. Blatt
PublisherAIP Press, New York
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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