A simple model wavefunction, consisting of a linear combination of two free-particle Gaussians, describes many of the observed features seen in the interactions of two isolated Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) as they expand, overlap and interfere. It is shown that a simple extension of this idea can be used to predict the qualitative time-development of a single expanding BEC produced near an infinite wall boundary, giving similar interference phenomena. Other possible time-dependent behaviours of single BECs in restricted geometries, such as wave packet revivals are also briefly discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Mathematical Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics