A Bose-Einstein condensate in an optical lattice

J. Hecker Denschlag, J. E. Simsarian, H. Häffner, C. McKenzie, A. Browaeys, D. Cho, K. Helmerson, S. L. Rolston, W. D. Phillips

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Abstract

We have performed a number of experiments with a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in a one-dimensional optical lattice. Making use of the small momentum spread of a BEC and standard atom optics techniques, a high level of coherent control over an artificial solid-state system is demonstrated. We are able to load the BEC into the lattice ground state with a very high efficiency by adiabatically turning on the optical lattice. We coherently transfer population between lattice states and observe their evolution. Methods are developed and used to perform band spectroscopy. We use these techniques to build a BEC accelerator and a novel, coherent, large-momentum-transfer beam-splitter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3095-3110
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume35
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes

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