Bose-Einstein Condensates (BECs) are a new form of matter with quantum mechanical properties, the super-cooled atoms behaving more like waves and less like discrete atoms. First created in 1995 , BECs are coherent matter-wave fields with a well-defined phase that allow the study of a wide range of phenomena and that can be used to probe the boundaries between classical and quantum physics.
Current Research Topics
- Optomechanical self-organisation
- Spontaneous magnetic ordering by light
- Cooperative scattering of light by cold atoms
- Breathing solitons in a Caesium BEC
- Solitonic features in a collisionally inhomogeneous Caesium BEC
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