AMO Seminar - Michael Bromley

Propagation of Ultra Cold Atoms Through Bends

Michael Bromley
Kansas State University
05 November 2003


Recent experimental progress in atomic physics include the success of magnetic microtraps, the so-called 'atom chips', where using combinations of magnetic fields and wires layed on silica substrates (or permament magnets ala videotape) atom traps, guides and devices all on a single chip are now becoming possible.

This talk will focus on the properties of low-density, low-energy matter waves propagating through circular waveguide bends, examined through the complementary eyes of time-independent and time-dependent quantum mechanical calculations. Whilst it is one of the simplest atom optical devices, the waveguide bend yields a surprising array of fundamental atomic physics.


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