Taking a peek at Bloch oscillations

Year: 2016

Authors: Morsch O.

Autors Affiliation: INO CNR, Via G Moruzzi 1, I-56124 Pisa, Italy; Dipartimento Fis, Largo B Pontecorvo 3, I-56127 Pisa, Italy

Abstract: Bloch oscillations arise when matter waves inside a periodic potential, such as a crystal lattice, are accelerated by a constant force. Kessler et al (2016 New J. Phys. 18 102001) have now experimentally tested a method that allows one to observe those oscillations continuously, without a destructive measurement on the matter wave. Their approach could help to make cold atom-based accelerometers and gravimeters more precise.

Journal/Review: NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS

Volume: 18      Pages from: 111005-1  to: 111005-2

KeyWords: Bloch oscillations; Bose-Einstein condensate; cavity optomechanics
DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/18/11/111005

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