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Cold atom interferometry in optical potentials

McDonald, Gordon Douglas


This thesis describes recent experiments conducted on a Bose-Einstein condensate in an optical waveguide. This optical potential confines the atoms against gravity in the vertical dimension, guiding them to freely propagate in the horizontal. Being supported against gravity enables long expansion times of hundreds of milliseconds, facilitating techniques such as delta-kick cooling. In an ideal atom interferometer, the beamsplitters would impart a large momentum splitting between the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d514708d8ae2


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