Thomas Bourdel

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We report the production of matter-wave solitons in an ultracold lithium-7 gas. The effective interaction between atoms in a Bose-Einstein condensate is tuned with a Feshbach resonance from repulsive to attractive before release in a one-dimensional optical waveguide. Propagation of the soliton without dispersion over a macroscopic distance of 1.1(More)
Cavity quantum electrodynamics (cavity QED) describes the coherent interaction between matter and an electromagnetic field confined within a resonator structure, and is providing a useful platform for developing concepts in quantum information processing. By using high-quality resonators, a strong coupling regime can be reached experimentally in which atoms(More)
The phase transition of Bose-Einstein condensation was studied in the critical regime, where fluctuations extend far beyond the length scale of thermal de Broglie waves. We used matter-wave interference to measure the correlation length of these critical fluctuations as a function of temperature. Observations of the diverging behavior of the correlation(More)
We report on experiments in 6 Li Fermi gases near Feshbach resonances. A broad s-wave resonance is used to form a Bose-Einstein con-densate of weakly bound 6 Li2 molecules in a crossed optical trap. The measured molecule-molecule scattering length of 170 +100 −60 nm at 770 G is found in good agreement with theory. The expansion energy of the cloud in the(More)
When particles are multiply scattered by a random potential , their momentum distribution becomes isotropic on average. We study this quantum dynamics numerically and with a master equation. We show how to measure the elastic scattering time as well as characteristic isotropisation times, which permit to reconstruct the scattering phase function, even in(More)
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