We study the collisional loss of atom-molecule coherence after coherently dissociating a small fraction of a molecular Bose-Einstein condensate into atoms. The obtained $n$-atoms states are two-atom (SU(1,1)) coherent states with number variance Δn∝n compared to Δn∝√n for the spin (SU(2)) coherent states formed by coherent splitting of an atomic condensate. Consequently, the Lorentzian atom-molecule phase-diffusion is faster than the Gaussian phase-diffusion between separated atomic condensates, by a √n factor.
|Journal||Physical Review A|
|State||Published - 14 Apr 2009|