Coherence of atomic matter-wave fields

E. V. Goldstein, O. Zobay, Pierre Meystre

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Abstract

In analogy to Glauber's analysis of optical coherence, we adopt an operational approach to introduce different classes of atomic coherence associated with different types of measurements. For the sake of concreteness we consider specifically fluorescence, nonresonant imaging, and ionization. We introduce definitions of coherence appropriate to them, which we call electronic, density, and field coherence, respectively. We illustrate these concepts in various descriptions of Bose-Einstein condensation, showing that each of these descriptions makes different implicit assumptions on the coherence of the system. We also study the impact of elastic collision on the field and density coherence properties of atom lasers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2373-2384
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume58
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1998

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elastic scattering
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Goldstein, E. V., Zobay, O., & Meystre, P. (1998). Coherence of atomic matter-wave fields. Physical Review A, 58(3), 2373-2384.

Coherence of atomic matter-wave fields. / Goldstein, E. V.; Zobay, O.; Meystre, Pierre.

In: Physical Review A, Vol. 58, No. 3, 09.1998, p. 2373-2384.

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Goldstein, EV, Zobay, O & Meystre, P 1998, 'Coherence of atomic matter-wave fields', Physical Review A, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 2373-2384.
Goldstein EV, Zobay O, Meystre P. Coherence of atomic matter-wave fields. Physical Review A. 1998 Sep;58(3):2373-2384.
Goldstein, E. V. ; Zobay, O. ; Meystre, Pierre. / Coherence of atomic matter-wave fields. In: Physical Review A. 1998 ; Vol. 58, No. 3. pp. 2373-2384.
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