Van der Waals-Zeeman Colloquium

Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007, 16:00h

BECs on the move

Prof. Erling Riis
Univ. of Strathclyde

Bose-Einstein condensation of a dilute gas of atoms has led to many remarkable developments in fundamental physics. This talk will consider the particular application of cold atoms and BECs in a magnetic storage ring structure. Data will be presented showing condensate atoms travelling more than a metre through the ring. The potential for using this device as an atom interferometer is considered. Gravitational splitting of a BEC positioned at the top of a vertically oriented ring is shown. Finally an update will be given on a new experiment being set up to investigate laser cooling of calcium with the aim of optical cooling to BEC.