The macroscopic wave function for atomic samples composed of a few thousand particles is shown to exhibit collapses and revivals on a few seconds time scale, while Bose-Einstein condensation remains in the form of off-diagonal long-range order in the one-particle reduced density matrix. A recently proposed measurement scheme which is sensitive to Bose-broken gauge symmetry, and hence to the macroscopic wave function, could be used to detect the collapses and revivals experimentally.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)