We study the propagation of an atom laser beam through a spatial region with a magnetic field tuned around a Feshbach resonance. Magnetic fields below the resonance produce an effective focusing Kerr medium that causes a modulational instability of the atomic beam. Under appropriate circumstances, this results in beam breakup and filamentation seeded by quasiparticle fluctuations and in the generation of correlated atomic pairs.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)