Stuttgart 2012 – wissenschaftliches Programm
Q 35.23: Poster
Mittwoch, 14. März 2012, 16:30–19:00, Poster.I+II
Towards coherent interaction between single neutral atoms and a BEC — •Michael Bauer, Shrabana Chakrabarti, Philipp Franzreb, Benjamin Gänger, Farina Kindermann, Nicolas Spethmann, and Artur Widera — Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Combining a single neutral atom with a quantum many body system, such as a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) poses a challenge, not only due to the different temperatures of both systems realized in experiments so far, but also because of the different measurement statistics and typical sequence durations. Studying the interaction of a single atom with a BEC requires many repetitions of the experimental cycle to obtain sufficient statistics. Thus it is essential to achieve short measuring times and therefore a high production rate of the BEC. Here we present a concept for a new setup capable of breeding an all optical BEC in less than 10 seconds and immersing single atoms into the ultracold quantum system.
Our setup will feature mechanisms for independently manipulating and detecting both single atoms and the BEC, thereby providing an unrivaled level of control over impurities in a quantum gas. Possible research directions include the investigation of coherent impurity physics and the creation and characterization of polarons in a BEC.