Quantum Newton’s Cradle with Bose-Einstein Condensates

Year: 2014

Authors: Franzosi R., Vaia R.

Autors Affiliation: QSTAR and Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Firenze, Italy;
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Firenze, Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy;
Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy

Abstract: Newton’s cradle is a valuable paradigm of how physical mechanisms are concealed into nature. It is a device based on classical mechanics that demonstrates the conservation of momentum and energy. On the other hand, Quantum Mechanics has been shown to be one of most prolific sources of unexpected and hard-to-understand phenomena. Therefore, achieving a machine which is a paradigm for the quantum nature of a system is an engrossing challenge. We propose a possible experimental realization of a quantum analogue of Newton’s cradle (NC).


Volume: 2014      Pages from: june  to: 01

KeyWords: Quantum physics