Robust spatial coherence 5 μ m from a room-temperature atom chip

Shuyu Zhou, David Groswasser, Mark Keil, Yonathan Japha, Ron Folman

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We study spatial coherence near a classical environment by loading a Bose-Einstein condensate into a magnetic lattice potential and observing diffraction. Even very close to a surface (5μm), and even when the surface is at room temperature, spatial coherence persists for a relatively long time (≥500ms). In addition, the observed spatial coherence extends over several lattice sites, a significantly greater distance than the atom-surface separation. This opens the door for atomic circuits, and may help elucidate the interplay between spatial dephasing, interatomic interactions, and external noise.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063615
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
StatePublished - 13 Jun 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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