Journal article

Measuring the phase of a Bose-Einstein condensate

AV Martin, LJ Allen

PHYSICAL REVIEW A | AMER PHYSICAL SOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

The phase of the mean-field wave function of a Bose-Einstein condensate can be recovered from a time series of images. We adapt an iterative retrieval method that has been successful in linear electron and optical imaging systems to solve the nonlinear Gross-Pitaevskii equation. We address a number of issues related to the successful application of this method to the nonlinear system, including the retrieval of wave functions with nonzero net topological charge (i.e., containing vortices) and the effects of repulsive and attractive interactions in the condensate on the convergence properties of the method. Recovering the phase from the continuity-of-density equation is also investigated. An ..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers