Near-Resonant Spatial Images of Confined Bose-Einstein Condensates in a 4-Dee Magnetic Bottle

@article{Hau1998NearResonantSI,
  title={Near-Resonant Spatial Images of Confined Bose-Einstein Condensates in a 4-Dee Magnetic Bottle},
  author={Lene Vestergaard Hau and Brian D. Busch and Chien Liu and Zachary Dutton and Michael M. Burns and Jene Andrew Golovchenko},
  journal={Physical Review A},
  year={1998},
  volume={58}
}
We present quantitative measurements of the spatial density profile of Bose-Einstein condensates of sodium atoms confined in a 4-Dee magnetic bottle. The condensates are imaged in transmission with near-resonant laser light. We demonstrate that the Thomas-Fermi surface of a condensate can be determined to better than 1%. More generally, we obtain excellent agreement with mean-field theory. We conclude that precision measurements of atomic scattering lengths and interactions between phase… 

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