Density modulations in an elongated Bose-Einstein condensate released from a disordered potential

  title={Density modulations in an elongated Bose-Einstein condensate released from a disordered potential},
  author={David Cl'ement and Philippe Bouyer and Alain Aspect and Laurent Sanchez-Palencia},
  journal={Physical Review A},
We observe large density modulations in time-of-flight images of elongated Bose-Einstein condensates, initially confined in a harmonic trap and in the presence of weak disorder. The development of these modulations during the time-of-flight and their dependence with the disorder are investigated. We render an account of this effect using numerical and analytical calculations. We conclude that the observed large density modulations originate from the weak initial density modulations induced by… 

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