Observation of Interference Between Two Bose Condensates

  title={Observation of Interference Between Two Bose Condensates},
  author={M. R. Andrews and Christopher Townsend and H. J. Miesner and Dallin Durfee and Dan M. Kurn and Wolfgang Ketterle},
  pages={637 - 641}
Interference between two freely expanding Bose-Einstein condensates has been observed. Two condensates separated by ∼40 micrometers were created by evaporatively cooling sodium atoms in a double-well potential formed by magnetic and optical forces. High-contrast matter-wave interference fringes with a period of ∼15 micrometers were observed after switching off the potential and letting the condensates expand for 40 milliseconds and overlap. This demonstrates that Bose condensed atoms are “laser… Expand
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