Self-interference of a single Bose-Einstein condensate due to boundary effects

R. W. Robinett

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number025
Pages (from-to)681-684
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Scripta
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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