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High-order quantum resonances observed in a periodically kicked Bose-Einstein condensate

TitleHigh-order quantum resonances observed in a periodically kicked Bose-Einstein condensate
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsC. Ryu, M. F. Andersen, A. Vaziri, M. B. D'Arcy, J. M. Grossman, K. Helmerson, and W. D. Phillips
JournalPhys. Rev. Lett.
Date Publishedapr
Keywords2006, Multiple Fellows

We have observed high-order quantum resonances in a realization of the quantum delta-kicked rotor, using Bose-condensed Na atoms subjected to a pulsed standing wave of laser light. These resonances occur for pulse intervals that are rational fractions of the Talbot time, and are characterized by ballistic momentum transfer to the atoms. The condensate's narrow momentum distribution not only permits the observation of the quantum resonances at 3/4 and 1/3 of the Talbot time, but also allows us to study scaling laws for the resonance width in quasimomentum and pulse interval.


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