Ultraslow Light & Bose-Einstein Condensates: Two-way Control with Coherent Light & Atom Fields

Ultraslow light has been used to form dramatic new nonlinear excitations in superfluid Bose-Einstein condensates of laser-cooled alkali atoms, and to create pulsed coherent matter waves. We describe these phenomena and a novel single-atom detector for use in studying the waves’ coherence properties.

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