A Bose-Einstein condensate in a microtrap

A. Kasper, S. Schneider, Ch Vom Hagen, M. Bartenstein, B. Engeser, T. Schumm, I. Bar-Joseph, R. Folman, L. Feenstra, J. Schmiedmayer

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We describe an experiment to create a sizable 87Rb Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in a simple magnetic microtrap, created by a current through a Z-shaped wire and a homogeneous bias field. The BEC is created close to a reflecting surface. It is an ideal coherent source for experiments with cold atoms close to surfaces, be it small-volume microtraps or directly studying the interactions between cold atoms and a warm surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S143-S149
JournalJournal of Optics B: Quantum and Semiclassical Optics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Atom chip
  • Atom optics
  • Bose-Einstein condensation
  • Microtraps
  • Quantum gas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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